These are the most in-demand energy jobs

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In the 2019-20 financial year, Australia’s energy industry will continue to witness high demand but a short supply of suitably skilled energy professionals, according to research from worldwide recruiting specialists Hays.

This follows an influx of new international operators during the 2018-2019 financial year, which added to the skill shortage by draining the small candidate pool.

The key areas of demand are in renewables, the report says, specifically wind and solar development. The roles of project managers and project development managers are highly sought after.

Hays anticipates the market will become even more competitive over the next 12 months off the back of new entrants with solid overseas financial backing. New roles at some of these giants will be available.

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“Project Development Managers, Grid Connection specialists and High Voltage Design Engineers and Project Controllers are always in high demand,” the report says.

“Schedulers and Planners with large scale project experience and Primavera P6 software knowledge are also in demand to help steer the construction of wind farm projects.

“Other areas of demand within renewables exist for Electrical and Civil Project Engineers, Civil Excavator Operators, Underground Electricians, High Voltage Technicians, EI Technicians, Trade Assistants and Mechanical Fitters.

“Meanwhile, Grid Connection and Power System Engineers are a growing area of demand as developers and utilities look at how renewable energy will be connected to the grid.”

Read the full report here.