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Published on April 12th, 2013 | by

The most in-demand jobs in Australia

Anyone looking for a job in the insurance, childcare and energy industries will have the most luck in the next three months, according to a new report.

Recruitment firm Hays’ Quarterly Hotspots report, which looks at employers’ hiring intentions, found workers in these industries will be in high demand in the April to June quarter.

This comes as SEEK Employment released its statistics about jobs that showed the fastest increase in demand in March, with job ads for pharmaceutical and medical sales personnel recording the largest increase (up 30 per cent).

Retail buyers showed the second fastest increase in demand (up 29 per cent), followed by construction surveyors (up 25 per cent), IT security specialists (up 24 per cent) and midwives (up 22 per cent).

Hays managing director Nick Deligiannis says despite an overall impression that the job market is slow, there are pockets of demand if jobseekers know where to look. Jobseekers with personal insurance backgrounds, such as claims consultants and insurance underwriters, are in demand due to the recent storms and fires in New South Wales and Queensland.

“There is also demand for early childhood candidates due to an increase in childcare centres and centres preparing for the new regulations that take effect in 2014,” he said.

“There is currently a shortage of early childhood teachers in the day care sector as these candidates often choose to work in primary schools or preschools where there can be shorter working hours, longer school holidays and there is more emphasis on teaching rather than childcare with better pay.”

Mr Deligiannis said Hays has also seen an increase in demand in the energy sector for maintenance trades workers and asset managers in transmission and distribution.

“Where funding for upgrades has not eventuated in some states, the current networks are aging and more expertise is required to get the optimal performance and prolong the life of current assets,” he said.

Mr Deligiannis said strategically it’s important for job hunters to understand the specific skills that are in demand in their industry.

“Focus all your applications and networking in those areas, and if you haven’t got those skills you have to look at getting experience or extra training,” he said.

Other industries with good hiring intentions this quarter include sales and marketing, oil and gas, and health care.

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