Economic Insights – February 2018

Economic Insights – February 2018

Hot Jobs

Business Development Manager:
Responsible for the development of growth strategies and managing client relationships, Business Development Managers can expect to earn $80,000-$95,000 pa.

Robotics Process Automation Developer:
$70,000 to $90,000 – Build software ‘robots’ and design process automation solutions using industry standard techniques and RPA software.

Human Resources Consultant:
The HR Consultant is responsible for performing advanced, specialized and administrative duties in a designated human resource program or area and can expect to earn $80,000-$91,000 pa.

Inside Sales Representative:
Inside Sales Representatives work with customers to find what they want, create solutions and ensure a smooth sales process and can expect to earn $60,000-$80,000 pa.

Software Engineer:
Software engineers tend to specialize in a few areas of development, such as networks, operating systems, databases or applications, and each area requires fluency in its own set of computer languages and development environments. Software Engineers can expect to earn $75,000-$90,000 pa.

Hot Topics

Although Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine remains under significant political pressure, the company’s stock has continued a steady recovery from its 2015 crash, growing by 60% since October 2017 (AU$2.34 to AU$4.04). The Australian coal market has also experienced consistent price growth, currently sitting at US$106.78/metric tonne, gaining 4.56% in the last month and 27.52% in the last year. The price of Australian geothermal coal is at its highest point since March 2012. These factors indicate a regaining confidence in the growth potential of Australian coal, and thereby the possibility of job growth in the near future of the mining sector.

Relocation Destinations

National unemployment in January 2018 was 5.5%, a slight decrease of 0.1 percentage points from December 2017, though labour force participation also fell by 0.1 points to 65.6%. This varies somewhat by State however as South Australia (5.9%), Queensland (6.0%) and Victoria (6.1%) all sit above the national average. New South Wales (4.8%) and the ACT (3.7%) remain the highest performers, though NSW participation (64.6%) falls below the national average.

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra present the best opportunities for job-seekers. Jobs in these cities are plentiful and well-remunerated. Townsville and Elizabeth continue to be precarious grounds for those looking for a new career. High unemployment rates and dearth of emerging employment initiatives do not portend future growth in these regions.

*Economic insight reports monthly by WithYouWithMe Labour Market Analyst, Jonathan Walker.

Introducing the new face of Robotics & Automation…

Introducing the new face of Robotics & Automation…

Name: Anindo Basu
WYWM position: Automation and Robotics Lead
ADF Background Service: Australian Army (2004)
Rank: Aeronautical Engineering Officer, Major
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What brought you to WithYouWithMe?

I have always had a keen interest in technology and process improvement. At the peak of my military career, I led an army-wide supply chain automation project as the Senior Project Manager, aiming to automate re-supply functions across 145 locations and $1.8B of stock.

At the time of my transition, I was introduced to WithYouWithMe by veteran friends who had received exceptional support and training on their journey to civilian life. Luckily for me, WYWM Robotics had just been launched and was developing itself into a centre of expertise for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) training and consulting. My experience in engineering and project management, coupled with a passion for seeing veterans succeed made the role a perfect fit for me. When it was offered I leapt at the chance.


What is so special about Robotic Process Automation (RPA)?

RPA is the design and implementation of software or a “robot” at specific points in a processes to make it more effective and efficient. RPA works because “Robots” are better (and faster) at repetitive, rule-based tasks, whereas humans are more effective at thinking and reasoning tasks.

In my opinion, RPA is a stepping stone, or early iteration towards true machine learning and automation, which will redefine our lives over the 10+ years. The Australian RPA industry is set to grow to $870M by 2020 and 38% of larger organisations (over 500 employees) in Australia are already running RPA programs, while 60% are investigating the opportunities on offer (Source: Telsyte, 2017). There has never been a better time to get into RPA and be part of the new digital age.

What key piece of advice do you have for other veterans currently transitioning from the ADF into the civilian workplace?

Transitioning out of the Defence Force can be a daunting decision and can leave you feeling uncertain about the future. Most recruiting companies I dealt with during my transition only offered to place me into roles very similar to what I had done in uniform. For many veterans this is a great option, but don’t be afraid to try something new as it is a good opportunity to re-invent yourself. You joined the military because you are passionate about your job, make sure you are passionate about your next career move!

What do you like about working for WithYouWithMe?

Working at WithYouWithMe reminds me every day that what I do is making a real difference. Every day we have the opportunity to make a positive impact on a veteran’s life, and make a positive impact on Australian industry by providing another talented, motivated and capable employee. So just like in the military, WithYouWithMe enables me to do something that I believe in.

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