L&D skills in high demand: Report

by L&D18 Apr 2016
In Australia there is increasing hiring activity for L&D professionals, especially those with experience in establishing L&D practices within an organisation, according to the latest Hays Quarterly Report.

The report outined that the reasons behind the rising demand differ from one sector to another.

“For example, in the oil & gas sector, L&D is needed to train staff on meeting compliance requirements. In other sectors L&D programs are part of change management programs,” said the report.

Hays also expect high demand for L&D candidates in Sydney, particularly instructional designers, L&D managers, organisational development consultants and e-learning experts.

Overall, education, healthcare and information technology were among the skills which are the most in demand in Australia’s transitioning economy.

This indicates that these areas in particular are going to require plenty more training in the future.

“With the technology industries at the heart of Malcolm Turnbull’s economic agenda, and a spike in the number of organisations of all types leveraging technology to create or manage transformational change or to perform tasks in new ways, suitable skills are in high demand,” said Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand. 

“There really is no sector or department not exposed to technological change."

He explained that the services sector is set to be the next driver of the Australian economy and we are already seeing strong vacancy activity in education and healthcare.


Skills in demand include mental health practitioners, Aboriginal identified healthcare workers, allied health practitioners with interdisciplinary experience, degree-qualified social workers, general practitioners, experienced endorsed enrolled nurses, registered nurses and clinical nurses.


In the early years sector, the demand for Diploma and ECT qualified educators, both permanent and temporary, is unfaltering. Childcare workers with their certificate 3 or diploma are in demand too to fill temporary sick leave positions.

Secondary schools require teachers on a temporary and contract basis, particularly in mathematics and science, while the vocational market needs trainers and assessors. Educational leadership professionals are sought across all educational sectors, while student engagement managers are needed as competition between providers intensifies.

Information Technology

Security professionals, certified information systems security professionals and certified information security managers are needed, while the growth of cloud based technologies has created a need for cloud specialists with SaaS and IaaS experience and candidates with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and vendor or supplier management skills.

There is a huge supply gap for Dynamics CRM developers, .Net Developers, Agile Project Managers and Agile Business Analysts. DevOps, P2V (physical to virtual) and mobile development experience is highly valued too. We are also seeing an increase in demand for business intelligence and analytics candidates as well as data architects.

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