Are your skills in demand in 2018?

Although the job market is strong in most industries, the most bankable career seems to be in the IT industry – with over 6000 jobs currently available. The recently released Hays Job Report for Jan-Jun 2018 states that IT remains at the top of list of skills in demand, with Civil Engineer, Registered Valuer, Data Analyst, Management Accountant, Cloud Engineer or Executive Assistant positions following shortly after.

All jobs, regardless of industry will always need tech savvy recruits to implement new software and implement security measures; it stands to reason that this would be such a popular job vacancy for 2018. Where many candidates go wrong when applying for these positions, is by not keeping their skills up-to date. The IT sector is notorious for rapidly evolving technology and constant skill development is key to securing a role in this sector.

Also, over the next 6 months, new government policies are predicted to create jobs for policy, communications, administration and finance specialists, digital technology and digital marketing professionals will be in high demand and planned infrastructure works across the country will see civil jobs boom.

There is also good news for those not quite as technologically minded. The rapid rise in robotics and automation will create roles that require people with particular knowledge and expertise in non-routine and non-repetitive tasks. This is particularly relevant for the aged care industry as well as civil construction, registered valuers, sales staff and heavy machinery operators.

According to the Hays Jobs Report, skills in demand include:

  • Management Accountants in response to the drive to develop value-adding reporting for line managers;
  • Internal Auditors who are true business partners with experience gained in local top and mid-tier firms;
  • Architectural Technicians who are licensed building practitioners;
  • Registered Architects with ArchiCAD experience since there is a skills shortage;
  • Commercial Site Managers and Project Managers in response to a large number of new commercial builds;
  • Civil Estimators and Project Managers in response to various upcoming projects;
  • Civil Engineers (land development) in Christchurch, Waikato and Bay of Plenty and Civil Engineers (water) in Christchurch’s rural south;
  • Registered Valuers as there are simply not enough registered professionals to meet demand, particularly in Auckland;
  • Machine Operators (excavators, diggers and drivers) due to the amount of land development and subdivision work underway;
  • DevOps experts in response to the focus on website reliability and the rise of Agile environments;
  • Cloud Engineers and Cloud Architects as organisations migrate to the cloud;
  • .Net Developers in response to the continuous demand for the development of software;
  • Insurance claims professionals since a growing population, weather events and technology advancements have led to an increasing number of claims;
  • Construction Lawyers in response to large-scale construction and infrastructure projects;
  • Commercial Property Lawyers given the increasing number of commercial developments and strong economy;
  • Data Analysts as organisations look to utilise customer data;
  • Social Media experts as organisations increasingly use specialised social listening and intelligence tools to monitor CX in real time;
  • Executive Assistants with experience supporting multiple executives;
  • Outbound telesales professionals in response to ongoing high staff turnover;
  • Sales Representatives with specific industry experience who come with a network of potential customers.


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10 thoughts on “Are your skills in demand in 2018?

  1. Sameh Hassan on Reply

    I would be grateful if you could help me to get a job offer. I am an electrical power engineer and I am working in a petroleum company in Egypt.

  2. Ikechukwu Okpara on Reply

    I am a barrister. I have been in legal practice in Nigeria for 16 years.
    Are there any prospects for me in New Zealand?

  3. Benny CHIA on Reply

    I am a sales manager in FMCG industry. I am very interested to join a tourism/hospitality company as a sales/marketing personnel and move to NZ to work and live until retirement. I am capable of writing and speaking in multiple Asian languages and this will help potential employer to bridge their way to Asian markets. Please contact me should there is such vacancy available.

  4. Jeffrey hizon diano on Reply

    I’m former pipefitter in Singapore parallel train in 2 years and former pipefitter in Qatar gas train 3&4 inlet facilities and now I’m working in Qatar rehabilitation institute Hamad hospital as a mechanical there any vacancy in my skilled

  5. Jeffrey hizon diano on Reply

    I’m former pipefitter in Singapore parallel train in 2 years and former pipefitter in Qatar gas train 3&4 inlet facilities in 1 year and now I’m working in Qatar rehabilitation institute Hamad hospital as a mechanical maintenance since August 2016 up to there any vacancy in my skilled

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