What jobs are currently in demand?

With so many apprenticeships and traineeships on offer in Australia, it’s no surprise that some people may find it a tricky task to find the right one for them.

There are hundreds of qualifications across the country, as well as a range of jobs open to those who successfully complete their chosen placement.

If you need help identifying the ideal profession, taking the Harrison Online Career Assessment at Apprenticeship Central can be a great way to get started. Sign up to the site to benefit from this and many more useful tools and resources for both candidates and employers.

If you’d like to know more about the industries that are currently recruiting, new research from Hays Australia has outlined a number of key areas.

Nick Deligiannis, managing director at the organisation, said: “Confidence in many sectors is leading to hiring activity, and companies are also adding people who can spot further opportunities for productivity and performance improvements.

“That in part explains why we’ve seen a slight but steady improvement in permanent recruitment activity from employers.”

Here are just some of the sectors where skills gaps are opening up across the country, potentially making an apprenticeship or traineeship an excellent way of getting your first step on the career ladder.

Construction: Project and site engineers are highly sought after, while residential building growth has also seen demand rise for supervisors and forepersons in this segment.

Healthcare: Nurses who have management experience in aged care are among the jobs most valued in the sector. In fact, Hays highlighted a “chronic shortage” of suitable applicants in this area, meaning career progression opportunities could open up quickly for qualified trainees.

IT: Growth in big data solutions has resulted in business intelligence developer roles becoming more prominent.

Accountancy and finance: Hays research shows payroll officers and commercial analysts are both jobs where there is currently a lack of qualified candidates.

Sales: Companies are on the lookout for business development managers who can help expand their customer base, as well as sales leaders with the ability to get out in the field and boost growth.

But what is currently driving hiring decisions in the current climate? According to Mr Deligiannis, organisations across a range of sectors need candidates that can spur growth, cut costs and drive productivity forward.

“The focus is not only on securing a candidate with the right technical skills and experience, but also the right cultural fit,” he explained.

“For this reason, employers often take their time when recruiting to ensure they identify the candidate who is the best fit for their team and is most aligned with their way of operating.”

Apprenticeship Central’s Harrison Online Career Assessment takes the guess work out of the equation. The results are accurate and can show if the candidate has the right attitude and interests for the job. Many employers are now using the Harrison Online Career Assessment as part of their final selection criteria when looking for suitable employees.

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