Over the last couple of weeks, I have had some really positive conversations with my clients that show some light appearing at the end of the tunnel.
I’m incredibly excited and it’s inspired me to share with you a little insight into the current Australian Data recruitment market, what we’ve experienced since the COVID-19 outbreak and the positive signs of how the market will recover in the coming months.
It goes without saying that Data hiring has slowed, across both permanent and contract positions. We found this to be a gradual process and it has only been over the last month that some of our clients have begun to put a freeze on their recruitment. The key here is that it’s only a ‘freeze’ and not cancelled, which is a very positive sign.
Another huge positive we have experienced has been the commitment from all our clients to the recruitment processes that were in place pre-pandemic. I’m pleased that all of the roles we were working on have been filled during the lockdown period. This was facilitated through video conferencing for interviews as well as virtual onboarding tools that are enabling new employees to join and work remotely from day one. Again, this is a very positive sign for the Data market, one we have not seen mirrored in all recruitment markets.
At this point, I think it is worth noting that what we considered to be ‘business as usual’ two months ago will no longer be the case. Organisations have had to embrace flexible and remote working over recent months. Yet many, including our own, have experienced a lot of positives to come from this and subsequently are looking at how this can be rolled out and maintained moving forward. Business leaders around the world are currently considering what we can learn from the COVID-19 experience and I am confident that this will lead to many positive changes for us all.
We are starting to see positive signs of recovery in the Data market and I believe this will continue as the current restrictions are eased by local and federal government. Over the last week alone, I have spoken to a number of business leaders ranging from Managing Directors, Chief Data Officers, Heads of Analytics and leaders within Human Resources and all have conveyed their plans to re-start their recruitment processes ASAP. I believe we will see the Australian market bounce back quickly with more and more firms continuing to invest heavily into their Data offerings which is great news for us all!
If you’re a Data professional and would like a confidential discussion to learn more about the current opportunities in the market, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’d love to chat!