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’.


As expected, mining and resources companies continue to place a premium on talented executives with relevant industry experience as they continue to undertake extensive organizational growth plans.


Commercial managers, financial controllers, finance planning and analysis managers and tax and treasury experts top the list of the most in demand executives.


Despite a lackluster year, demand for retail executives has grown at a steady pace, with small, boutique retailers looking to expand their management teams.


“Power companies domiciled in Melbourne are making key appointments in regulatory and strategic areas. Following Emissions Trading Scheme legislation and NSW's decision to sell its energy producing assets, regulated energy companies continue to source quality senior people with expertise in the sector,” the report found.


Hays anticipates that the demand for executives and general management staff will remain unchanged in the coming quarter.


“Employers are very specific in their requirements when recruiting in terms of skills and experience, both in tasks and deliverables. They are targeting the top five per cent of candidates with strong experience in projects and transformation, as well as leadership skills,” the report concluded.


The report can be found here