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The skills short­age pro­vides job op­por­tu­ni­ties, writes Ben Pike.

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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.’’

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