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The skills shortage provides job opportunities, writes Ben Pike.
WORKERS who arm themselves with technical, professional and managerial abilities are going to be the most in-demand employees in the next decade.
Industry’s need for higher qualifications will grow faster than the demand for lower level qualifications between now and 2025 and more bosses are importing overseas workers than ever, so jobseekers have never been better placed to take advantage of the country’s many skills shortages.
Civil engineering professionals, sonographers and midwives continue to be the nation’s most sought-after technical workers, federal government figures show.
However, Hays regional director Peter Noblet says there are ways for more generalist workers to take advantage of the patchy jobs market.
His recruitment company is reporting a significant skills shortage of lower to middle management roles across many industries.
‘‘ The technical skills for ac- counting, IT and finance are one thing but that ability to use the softer skills allows people to transfer a lot more easily, not only within their own industry but also look at connected industries,’’ he says.
‘‘ The ability to lead and manage teams effectively is key, like having business skills, understanding return on investment and financial aspects.
‘‘ The soft skills, such as an ability to motivate, guide and lead people, are in demand.’’