Recruitment specialist Hays has released its January to March quarterly report into labour and skills demand, examining the ‘current hotspots of recruitment activity and trends’.


Demand for registered nurses with experience in aged care continues to be the biggest driving factor in demand for healthcare professionals. Demand in both metropolitan and regional locations continues to grow in response to increased overall demand for aged care.


“Aged Care Facility Managers are needed in metropolitan areas. The talent pool of Aged Care Managers is shrinking and candidates applying for these roles often have a strong clinical background but lack solid people management skills,” the report found.


Acute Nurses are needed in regional locations. Skills shortages are creating an overwhelming need for experienced Registered Nurses with specific experience in emergency, theatre and midwifery. There are plenty of applicants at the newly qualified level but employers struggle to find local experienced talent.


Increased government funding in mental health is also driving demand growth for social workers and psychologists in regional and remote locations.


“Another area of growth this quarter will be for Occupational Health Nurses and Paramedics within the mining sector. This demand will be most obvious in Queensland, where a number of mines are due to open in the next 12 months,” the report found.


The report can be found here