Will your skills be in demand in 2017?

Looking for a new job in 2017? If you’re a HR Business Partner, Instructional Designer or Remuneration Analyst you’re in luck. These are just three of the HR skills that will be in high demand in 2017.

Those with experience in change and projects, start-up HR and ethics and compliance will be needed too.

Why? In general terms an increasing number of temporary and contract HR roles along with rising permanent vacancy activity in certain states has seen candidate levels start to decrease, particularly in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

More specifically, and looking at skills in demand one by one, Senior HR Advisors and HR Business Partners who can do more than provide traditional HR services are sought. Employers want a candidate who can add value to the bottom line. We’re also seeing employers make their final decision based on cultural fit.

HR Advisors with ER knowledge are another area of demand. This is a niche area that more businesses want in-house. Candidates require strong operational ER skills. 

Meanwhile in Western Australia temporary HR Advisors are needed; these roles were not made redundant and so there are few immediately available candidates.

Start-up HR Managers are sought too. With more SMEs from the US, Asia and UK entering the market and growing, these candidates are required to set up processes and develop the culture. However there is a shortage of suitable candidates who appreciate and understand global HR.

For such generalist roles, the focus is less on like-for-like experience and more on strong behavioural competencies, including leadership development, commerciality, influencing skills and change leadership.

Temporary Change and OD Managers are another area of demand in response to change and growth plans for the year ahead.

Instructional design is another niche area. It’s also very technical and is constantly evolving. With more organisations wanting to innovate their e-learning or L&D frameworks, the supply of Instructional Designers cannot keep up with demand.

Ethics and compliance specialists are sought, particularly by international businesses that are focusing on this area to minimise risk. In fact, more HR roles are beginning to incorporate this within their job descriptions.

Remuneration Analysts are needed to provide more accurate and responsive data to assist with forecasting and trends.

HR Analysts are also sought by larger organisations to analyse people plans and movement.

HR Project Coordinators and HR Project Advisors are in demand to work on projects. Project Managers are needed too as new strategies are implemented and require strong PM skills.

Turning to health and safety, employers are creating new wellbeing and injury management roles, especially larger corporates and financial services organisations focused on mental health.  For example, Injury Management Advisors are needed. Candidates with an allied health background are preferred in order to deal with mental health issues in the workplace.

Finally, Workers Compensation/RTW specialists are sought in response to an increasing number of claims, both physical and psychological.

For more on the skills in demand – across a wide range of sectors and industries – please visit the Hays Quarterly Report

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