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Beacham Group Pty Ltd is a boutique recruitment firm headquartered in Perth, Western Australia. As IT Recruitment Specialists, we source exceptional talent for Contract/Temporary and Permanent Employment.
For job seekers, we have a variety of career opportunities in the growing ICT and Digital Industries. The companies we recruit for range from Startups and SME’s through to bigger corporations, so we always have something tailored for your individual career needs.
For employers, we deliver a diverse and unique selection of driven individuals that can add value to your organization.
“We are always striving to produce the best outcome for you and your recruitment needs.”
Glenn and Leonie both have achievement recognised at annual industry gala dinner Glenn Beauchamp, Beacham Group Principal Consultant and Director along with Leonie Kirkwood, Operations Manager last night attended the APSCo Gala Dinner in Sydney.
News from Startup and Emerging sectors The last month has seen several new floats, additional capital raisings, and launches. CORE (http://corehub.com.au/) launched last month focused on innovation and new tech in the resources sector. Morning
Glenn and Leonie both have achievement recognised at annual industry gala dinner
Glenn Beauchamp, Beacham Group Principal Consultant and Director along with Leonie Kirkwood, Operations Manager last night attended the APSCo Gala Dinner in Sydney. The Great Gatsby styled event at Daltone House in Darling Harbour was attended by 400 people from the recruitment industry.
Glenn was inducted into APSCo’s 100 Club Foundation Alumni, amongst a prestige group of leaders who set the benchmark for knowledge and practice in the sector. This alumni is for individuals who obtain 100% in their APSCo certification exam.
Leonie was nominated as one of four national finalist by the APSCo committee for an Award of Excellence in Risk Management. Unfortunately Leonie didn’t win the award but it was great to have her hard work in this area recognised nationally.
Congratulations to all the nominees and award winner from the night.
A big thank you to Julie, Stacey and the team at APSCo for a great event and thank you to Diane and the team at Certex International for hosting us at their table. We hope to bring the whole team over for next years event.
Here’s the latest Perth ICT industry employment market update to partly help answer the question I’m asked most often “so what’s happening in the market mate”…?
It’s a mix of good, bad and hmpf. The good – new financial year (from July in Australia) continued to show employment and job growth in Perth’s ICT and Digital community. According to online job advertiser Seek, WA job ads are up 2.1% YoY. The bad – we’re facing a growing talent shortage in 2019 and beyond. The hmpf – our rapidly expanding global community is still way off tackling our diversity challenge.
Political changes in Canberra (new Prime Minister, By-Elections etc) had an impact on confidence which has been reflected in some flat numbers in the last couple of months and what can best be described as frustrating “patches of growth” around the market. These political changes may also have an impact on hiring during and post the Federal election in 2019 (predicted to be held in March/April 2019).
The “Moneyball Quarter”
Q1 of a new financial year (July – Sept) for most businesses in Australia is affectionately known as the “Moneyball Quarter.” If you start off strong having hired smart and executed to plan, generally you’ll set up well going into Christmas and the New Year taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves. It also means you potentially one up your competition and confidently hire more people in December (run a quality process and have new hires serve their notice over Christmas), and hit the ground sprinting (that right,not running) in the New Year. Everyone I know who is accountable for a P&L wants that!
In Western Australia, it’s been fantastic to speak to a number of companies enjoying double digit employee growth over the last 12 months (one WA headquartered firm has grown 72% to 217 employees!). When was the last time you checked out Linkedin for example to see which of your competitors have grown more than 10%?
While we’ve seen growth in jobs advertised in WA’s mining sector, and Rio Tinto investing $2billion in iron ore related projects (WAN, 5/10/18) for example, WA still lags behind the national unemployment average (AU 5.3% vs WA 6.4%. Source: ABS). In the UK unemployment is currently 4.0% and US it’s 3.7% (and falling).
From our perspective (our Uni :Economics 101” studies), we’d prefer this number to be under 5.0% as it provides a better supply vs. demand jobs balance, has stronger projects vs. BAU people demands, and provides the confidence candidates and clients need, to make calculated decisions in a timely manner.
So what IS happening in Australia’s ICT employment market?
Over the last 12 months, the our industry grew by 21.4% or 45000 jobs. The number of people employed nationally grew by 2.5% and the number of jobs increased by 2.8%. So, more jobs vacancies and less competition (aka a talent shortage and “war” for talent looming). If you’re a candidate considering your options, the next 6-18 months should provide a proverbial honey pot of job choice, challenges and new opportunities.
Graph below: Labour demand (Employer job demand) vs. Labour Supply (Candidate Availability) Index.
Australia Western Australia (WA)
You can also appreciate the ‘pain’ WA has experienced since late 2012 when the mining boom stalled. While the gap is narrowing for WA (right graph), we have a little way to go compared to the national average.
A “New Boom” in Western Australia please
There’s always a time and place for a boom market cycle. But it’s fair to say most people we speak with are looking forward to a ‘new boom’ in the next cycle, wanting other industry sectors aside from mining and resources sharing the heavy GDP lifting (energy, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, education, technology etc). Capex is great (and ticking up according to the ABS), and we want it, just spread across a few more sectors please!
Graph below: Focus of new mining hiring is focused on Opex vs Capex.
The rise of the ‘Fulltimer’ in Western Australia
Nationally, employment is growing (good), however we’ve also had a rise in underemployment. Of job advert type (casual, PT, FT etc), full time work market share is declining nationally. You may know several people who have two or more jobs to help supplement their income. WA is bucking this national trend with demand for FT roles increasing for the time being.
At Beacham Group, we’ve seen a growth in permanent information technology employment vacancies in the last 6 months compared to contract as WA business confidence grows.
Graph below: In WA, we’re just a little different with full time work as a share of work type increasing (FT/PT/Casual/Gig etc) in the last 12-months.
Wage Growth. “So where bloody hell are you?”
Our Australian Inflation rate is currently 2.1%. The one thing our Pollies, Employers and Employees are all acutely aware of, is the brutal fact of flat national wage growth over the last few years. In WA, we’re still in negative territory (Inflation 2.1% vs WA wage growth of 1.4%. Neg -0.7%).
Our counsel to candidates has always been to work smart, work hard, across all market cycles to help future proof your career. A rewarding career in tech is a marathon not a sprint. And earning $1 is far better than $0.
Graph below: Western Australia is battling with negative real wage growth ( -0.7%.)
Graph below: Of WA’s wage growth, our science and technology sectors have been one of the top 5 performers in the last 12 months (Jul 17-18). Know any lawyers or accountants crying poor!
Show me the mobile!
Hiring or want to be hired? It’s no surprise that candidates are increasingly searching for jobs, applying and researching your employer value proposition (EVP) etc on a mobile device.
If you’re a candidate, you still need to be smart about how you do this (you get one shot to get it right) and provide relevant, accurate, and quality information with your job application. And of course follow up – plenty of applications go into employer application processes that are the communication black (or blue screen of death) hole!
If you’re a hiring manager, ensure your job ads are written well to attract and not filter / screen prospective employees (try not to simply regurgitate your position description). Do you have an awesome careers page on your company website and an effective marketing team that builds your employer brand the right way?
Are you hiring smarter for the workplaces of the future?
Are there any Women in IT?
Yes, but far too little. We have big diversity challenges ahead unless everyone in Australia’s ICT community works hard to encourage more females when they are kids, tweens, teenagers, young adults, adults, mature adults, retirees etc (you get the picture!) into the sector.
You can help. Accountants, Lawyers and other vocations have over a 50% split. ICT can too. Please make a conscious decision at every opportunity to proudly talk about the impact ICT and digital has had on your life and on the global community. The future of the industry is very bright (below is a link to the Australian Computer Society Digital Pulse report 2018). Over 10% of Australia’s GDP will come from Tech in the next 10 years for example – and it’s a big number!
Graph below: Less than 20% of people looking for new employment in the ICT sector are female. Imagine if the split was well over 25% by 2025…?
What ICT positions are hard to fill?
There is a shift starting to build over the last few quarters as we move from BAU (business as usual, just keeping the lights on stuff) to more project and growth focused work. Architects, PM’s, BA’s and SME’s (subject matter experts) are growing in demand.
If you still have past emails of our last few newsletters, you’ll see a few interesting changes if you compared job title type demand…
Graph Below: ICT positions hardest to fill Australia VS Western Australia in the last 12 months
What’s on in Q2, 2018?
October to December is a busy period for everyone combining great work and festive play. We’re out of our winter slumber with spring in the air, and Perth’s rooftop bars get a good workout for example. Melbourne Cup and various Christmas parties make up the social calendar as do several startup and most importantly charity events (for more detail on these, please check out the various online event calendars, including ours!).
We are likely to see a further continuation of job growth into the New Year, but the West Australian ICT employment market still has its challenges and we’re a quarter or three until we are well out of the woods
As always, if you would like more specific information about this blog or how you can always be an in-demand employer, please get in touch.
If you’re a candidate and want to learn how to future proof your rewarding career in ICT, please get in touch. We’re here to help!
News from Startup and Emerging sectors
The last month has seen several new floats, additional capital raisings, and launches. CORE (http://corehub.com.au/) launched last month focused on innovation and new tech in the resources sector. Morning Startup had a bash to celebrate passing 2000 members and guest speaker presentations receiving some great reviews. AgTech has a new meetup group (run by Dave Newman) and FinTech had the CEO in town.
If you have an idea, want to learn new skills and future-proof your career, get involved in some of the ICT-related events happening in Perth. Some are invite only.
One of the most stressful things about migrating is finding work in your new home country. The current job climate in Australia is not what it used to be 5 years ago or even 10 years ago (obviously this is industry dependent and can vary wildly from industry to industry). W.A. is seeing a downturn in the economy and especially in the mining sector where many local residents work.
However it’s not entirely impossible to land a job, either before you arrive in Australia or shortly after.
Here are my top 9 ways to help you find a job in Perth.
1. Register on job websites
This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Signing up to job websites like Seek and Indeedcan really help you keep on top of any new opportunities as they arise. You can get notifications when jobs are added in your field or in fields that you are interested in. Seek is the biggest job website used in Australia and is well worth creating a profile on. Employers are able to discover your profile and contact you directly on here as well.
2. Get on LinkedIn
In the last few years Australia has really got to grips with LinkedIn as a tool for job hunting and recruiting. Many HR teams and recruitment agents actively use LinkedIn to find and approach potential employees who they think might be suitable for their available roles. Having an up-to-date LinkedIn profile can be the difference between landing the job of your dreams and just getting any old job that comes along. Here are some great tips for creating an awesome LinkedIn profile.
3. Update your resume
Making sure your resume (it’s not called a CV here) is up-to-date is crucial when you start applying for jobs. Go through all your roles mentioned on your resume and make sure they are current and accurate. Remove any ‘fluffy’ bits that are unnecessary and too personal. No one cares about your marital status or what your hobbies are. Many people choose to include a short overview of their skills and what they can bring to a role at the start of their resume. If you aren’t sure how to write the perfect resume for an Australian audience, you can contact a professional resume writer to help you or follow these helpful tips here.
4. Write a great cover letter
Almost all job applications in Australia will require you to write a cover letter. Not just any cover letter, an awesome cover letter. If the ad for the job says write a cover letter, you NEED to write a cover letter. DO NOT ignore this request. Your application will go straight into the bin if you do. If they ask you to address anything in the cover letter for goodness sake do it. Ignoring this request will mean your application ends up, yes you guessed it, in the bin! Cover letters are a great way to get your point across about what you can bring to the role but they do need to address anything specified in the job advert.
Do not just write one generic cover letter and send it to every job you apply for. This tells any potential employer that you aren’t that interested in the job, you just want any old job (which may be true but you don’t want them to know that!). Make sure each job application has it’s own tailored cover letter. By all means create a template so you aren’t typing one out from scratch each time. And never address it ‘To whom it may concern’. These days with Google and LinkedIn it’s pretty easy to find a name to address your application to, if it’s not already noted on the job ad.
5. Address all selection criteria
Selection criteria are often used for government job applications as it helps them to level the playing field between candidates. They are often divided into ‘Essential’ and ‘Desirable’. If you don’t have all the essential criteria, don’t even waste your time applying. If there are any selection criteria mentioned, you must address EVERY SINGLE ONE. Even if they say desirable and you don’t have it, address the criteria with how you are interested in or willing to attain this skill. Not addressing any or all of the selection criteria is one of the biggest reasons applications get rejected, especially for government positions.
6. Look on Gumtree
A lot of small employers use Gumtree when it comes to recruiting. Gumtree allows employers to advertise for free which makes it attractive to smaller companies who don’t want to pay expensive fees to advertise on the bigger sites like Seek. Look at all different categories when it comes to jobs as you might just find your job in the category that you wouldn’t normally look at. I actually found my current job on Gumtree and am still there almost 3 years later!
7. Check your local community newspapers
Community newspapers are a great place to look for local jobs, especially if you want to work close to home. There is generally also less competition for these roles as they aren’t advertised in the usual high profile places. These are mostly delivered for free at your home or are available to pick up for free at your local supermarket or shopping centre.
8. Network Network Network
Perth is all about who you know not what you know. Get out there, meet people and network. The amount of people I know who found a job through somebody as opposed to just applying is crazy. The more connections you make the better your chance of finding a job. You can find plenty of networking groups on Facebook, local business forums and on MeetUp.
9. Recruitment agencies
There’s a reason I’ve put recruitment agencies at the bottom of my list. And that’s because many people don’t have great experiences with them. I’m not saying that all recruitment agents are bad but be very careful about who you contact and give your information to. There are recruitment agents who merely list build to have a big pool of candidates to pick from when jobs actually come about. Also be aware that a lot of recruitment agents use software to check resumes and don’t actually read them themselves. This software scans for specific keywords in the resumes that the recruitment agents are looking for in that particular role. So if those keywords don’t appear on your resume your application will end up, once again, in the bin.
What tools are you using to find a job in Australia? If you are employed, how did you find your job? Let me know in the comments.
Reeva Cutting is a digital marketer and the blogger behind Proudly South African In Perth. Having lived in the UK for 10 years and now living in Australia, she aims to help provide people with information about migrating from South Africa & the UK to Australia. Follow her on Twitter for all things digital marketing and on Facebook and Instagram for everything to do with migration and life down under.