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Analysts, assistants, and administrators: These are the most in-demand jobs for 2018

Dominic Powell /

Heading into 2018, if you’re a business looking for skilled workers in the analytics, cybersecurity, or developing/programming sectors, you might have a hard time finding the right person.

A recent Hays Jobs Report has revealed the most in-demand jobs in Australia for the first half of 2018, and analyst roles across the digital marketing, data, and commercial areas are leading the pack, thanks to an increased focus on data-driven business practices in all industries.

Additionally, in line with what many startup and business founders have told StartupSmart over the past year, tech-focused jobs for developers are also high in demand, likely due to a shortage of local talent. This includes developers proficient in PHP, Drupal, Native iOS and Android and Microsoft SQL.

“The rapid rise in robotics and automation will create highly-skilled roles that require people with particular knowledge and expertise in non-routine and non-repetitive tasks,” says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand, in the report.

“We start 2018 off the back of a strong, stable run of jobs growth where the labour market grew by over 383,000 positions in the past 12 months. Basically, more people are looking for and finding work. New calendar year hires will add to momentum as employers fill gaps in their headcount to take advantage of strong economic conditions.”

Other standouts on the list of in-demand jobs include executive assistants with “strong experience” and cyber security specialists, likely in response to increasing awareness about the importance of a strong cyber security focus for all business.

The list of most in-demand jobs includes:

  • Commercial analysts, data analysts, digital marketing analysts;
  • Cyber security specialists;
  • PHP, Drupal, Native iOS and Android and Microsoft SQL BI developers;
  • Business development managers to drive growth;
  • HR business partners;
  • Executive assistants with strong experience;
  • Change analysts;
  • Policy officers and senior policy officers;
  • Procurement professionals with full experience around service contracts;
  • Property and construction lawyers;
  • Residential property managers;
  • Clinical research associates;
  • Social workers in the children and families space;
  • Early childhood teachers;
  • Deputy principals and principals;
  • Mortgage lenders;
  • Insurance brokers;
  • Customer engagement managers; and
  • Skilled merchandise planners.

NOW READ: Four things Aussie entrepreneurs wish they’d known before hiring their first employee

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Dominic Powell

Dominic Powell is the lead reporter at StartupSmart.

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