The survey from recruitment firm Hays found that over one-third (35 per cent) of employers say they are currently hiring.
Conducted in June 2020, it also found that just 19 per cent of over 1,100 employers surveyed revealed they currently have a recruitment freeze in place.
Hays said the top three priority positions from the industries showing signs of hiring at this point in time are:
- IT: Infrastructure, software developers and engineers and cloud architects and engineers
- Life sciences: Clinical research, sales and project management
- Marketing and digital: Online/digital content writers, MarTech and internal and change communications experts
- Accountancy and finance: Financial accounting/reporting, budgeting and data analytics
- Human resources: Change management, organisational development and employee relations
- Banking: Operations, risk analysts and managers, and sales
Looking ahead, the survey noted the top three priority areas for recruitment over the next 12 months are:
- IT: Infrastructure, helpdesk and support professionals, and cyber and data security and GRC
- Life sciences: IT and technology professionals, digital marketing experts and clinical research
- Marketing and digital: Online/digital content writers, internal and change communications experts, and social media professionals
- Accountancy and finance: Cash collection, data analysis and budgeting
- Human resources: Change management, learning and development, and employee relations
- Banking: Credit assessment and Q&A; risk analysts and managers; and fraud, financial crime and AML analysts
The survey also revealed an increased focus on data and digital engagement since the coronavirus crisis began in March.
Almost half (49 per cent) of employers said they have increased their adoption of agile working practices, 38 per cent increased their focus on digital engagement with their customers, 35 per cent invested in infrastructure or applications to facilitate remote working, and 21 per cent increased their use of data to analyse business performance.
The survey also identified the most important soft skills employers are seeking, with communication (45 per cent), adaptability (40 per cent) and teamwork (39 per cent) topping the list.
Hays managing director for Australia and New Zealand Nick Deligiannis said many industries remain active, with an uptick in hiring in IT, life sciences, marketing, accountancy, HR and banking.
“While the coronavirus changed the job market almost overnight, there is now an increasing number of opportunities available. For those looking for their next opportunity, targeting jobs in these areas is a sensible strategy,” Mr Deligiannis said.
“When applying for these jobs, it’s important to highlight your relevant skills and experience. If you need to, take some time to upskill.
“There are a number of ways you can upskill that won’t break the bank, such as following industry leaders on social media, attending webinars, listening to relevant online content like TED Talks and podcasts, joining an industry or professional association and asking for stretch opportunities in your current role.”