What 5 Project Management Skills do you need in 2019?

Jonty Plewes
February 28, 20193 mins read

If you want to stay relevant, here's the top 5 skills hiring managers are looking for this year.

In line with the recent release of our 2019 Salary Guide, I thought it would be helpful to share the top 5 in demand skills and experiences needed within the Program & Project Management space. 
If you are looking for your next career opportunity, you will want to make sure your experience reflects what hiring managers are looking for in 2019. 

1. Regulatory & Compliance

That's right, the Financial Services Royal Commission has happened, hard to watch at times, and some damming pieces have come out of it.  

Now it's time for organisations to put things right, sort out processes and get things back on track. Of course, to do this they need plenty of Project and Program professionals to help.

If you have Risk, Compliance and/or Regulatory experience on your CV and have worked in the Banking sector previously, then there should be plenty of opportunities out there for you!

One positive that this comes with is that demand is outstripping supply, therefore there are some attractive daily rates on offer too.

project and change management salary guide 2019

2. Agile

Yes, Agile is still here and still in demand. Across all sectors we work with, our clients are continuing the push towards a more Agile delivery model.  

Coaches, Scrum Masters and Agile Delivery Leads are in high demand.  This is across both contract and permanent roles and most domains.

If you have hands on experience in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) - I'd love to hear from you!  

3. Digital

No surprises here. Across the board, all clients we engage with are hiring talent with experience in Digital.

If you have experience in running Digital Projects, there should be plenty of opportunities of interest out there for you.   

4. Technology

Cyber Security in Project Management, Cloud, ERP Upgrades - there are still plenty of large-scale IT Programs going on across the Sydney market in need of great project management skills.

Our clients are always on the lookout for Project Managers that can make the link between Technology and the Business.  

Technologies most in demand are Salesforce, MX Dynamics and Kronos.  

5. Hybrid background

Are you a Project Manager who can do some of the Business Analysis and Change work?

We have seen an increase in demand for PMs who can get down into the detail on a project and who are happy to take on some of the Change and BA tasks.

The word hybrid is being used and lot more freely so if you can wear multiple hats on a Program, you will be in high demand!  

If you are looking to make a move in 2019 or just want to have a chat about the market conditions and what's out there, please feel free to reach out to myself or one of the IT & Business Transformation team.





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Associate Director | Transformation & Technology


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