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Knowledge workers in demand as chasm grows between employer expectations and candidate skills


Knowledge workers in demand as chasm grows between employer expectations and candidate skills


The demand for knowledge workers is increasing in Australia.

The demand for knowledge workers is increasing on the back of a widening chasm between the skills desired by employers and those possessed by candidates.

According to the latest Hayes Quarterly Report for October-December 2016, almost all new job positions require technologically savvy knowledge workers.

“The biggest hiring trend this quarter is the growing number of knowledge-intensive jobs that are now on offer and for which suitably skilled, experienced and educated candidates are in short supply,” says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia and New Zealand.

“These include roles for analysts, architects, teachers, nurses and lawyers, all of which require highly-skilled professionals who perform non-routine jobs. Layer this with the ever-increasing need for technology and digital skills across a broad spectrum of professions and industries it’s no wonder the talent pool is tight,” he said.

Knowledge workers are defined as such because they require a large amount of knowledge to succeed in their role. They’re highly skilled and experienced and use their extensive technical expertise to for problem solving and innovation.

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The report reveals a widening mismatch between the skills candidates possess and those employers require.

According to the report, the latest hiring hot spots for knowledge workers include CRM and marketing automation professionals, data analysts, and change analysts, as well as commercial analysts, ICT procurement specialists and business performance analysts.

The report is based on findings from the Hays Global Skills Index, which is now in its fifth year.

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Ben Ice

Ben Ice was MarketingMag editor from August 2017 - February 2020

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