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Where the jobs are: Hays releases its manufacturing quarterly hotspots list

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Recruiting expert Hays Manufacturing & Operations lists Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance Engineers, Production Managers and Quality Assurance professionals as being in demand at present in Australia’s manufacturing and operations market.
The recruiter has released their latest Hays Quarterly Hotspots list of jobs in demand, which indicates the evolution of Australia’s job market.
Tim James, Senior Regional Director of Hays Manufacturing & Operations explains that the gloss has worn off the resources and mining sector, as the country moves away from a two-speed economy to a system of micro-economies that is creating pockets of employment opportunities.
He explains that demand is not evident in every function in every location, but there are pockets of specific skill shortages. Australia’s manufacturing industry has been quite busy, especially in the food and beverage sector.
According to the Hays Quarterly Hotspots list, demand exists for the following skilled professionals in Australia’s manufacturing and operations market:
Food manufacturing

Demand for candidates in food manufacturing is cyclical and generally changes every couple of months.
High demand is currently being seen for Electrical and Mechanical Maintenance Engineers, with a number of companies upgrading plant facilities during the slower winter months.
Following a busy season, Production Managers typically evaluate their careers and take the opportunity to move between various sites, resulting in high recruitment activity among these professionals.
Quality Assurance specialists are in demand by companies undergoing factory audits as well as for testing new products to launch in spring.
Regional food manufacturers are actively recruiting candidates willing to relocate for the right opportunity.

A steady increase in vacancy activity is seen in the FMCG segment due to the increase in fresh food production.
Mechanical and Production Engineers are in demand in this sector as companies seek candidates with an engineering qualification in mechanical or production engineering. Demand is also up for senior management level candidates with lean manufacturing and food science qualifications.
Maintenance personnel at the planning and supervisory level with an initial trade background or engineering qualification are also in demand.
Other skills

Demand is also up for Quality Coordinators/Support specialists, Electrical Technicians, Production Planners and Schedulers, Project Managers, Schedulers and Design Engineers in marine and defence, and Manufacturing Mechanical Fitters.
Electrical Technicians with automated machinery experience are being sought by employers, given that FMCG and packaging industries are increasingly moving to more automated facilities.
Production Planners and Schedulers are in demand as companies attempt to streamline their production processes, reduce production downtime and ensure sales orders are met on time. Employers are looking for candidates with experience in programs such as SAP, MS Project or Prima Vera.
Project Managers, Schedulers and Design Engineers are being sought in marine and defence industries. Candidates are required to have previous experience in these industries, along with qualifications in marine engineering or naval architecture and the ability to use project management software such as MS Project.
Manufacturing Mechanical Fitters with FMCG experience are being sought by employers as opposed to those from a mining background.

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