Employers have shifted from looking for senior candidates to junior/intermediate candidates because organisations are winning projects. There is now less need for business development but support is required to complete work.
Permanent roles are currently favoured over temporary positions at architecture firms as it can take architects a long time to adjust to the needs and culture of a new company. It is common for talented architecture students to be recruited immediately after they have graduated from university.
There has been strong growth in architecture jobs over the last six months. With employers recruiting for more than one role and candidates often receiving more than one offer, market confidence is reaching a peak in Queensland. Demand is strongest in multi-residential projects that require candidates who specialise in Revit software and can provide project management, documentation and detailing expertise.
We are also experiencing extensive growth within the development market that is mainly focused on residential project homes. High volume builders are creating consistent vacancies for candidates with strong drafting experience who can specialise in using ArchiCAD software to provide documentation and detailing for new builds. Skilled Interior Designers are also needed to work in colour consulting roles.
In terms of skills in demand for the April – June 2015 quarter, we’re seeing a high demand for Interior Designers. Employers are recruiting confident Designers who have creative flare as projects are often won due to innovative designs. Candidates must be proficient on 3D Max, Photoshop, Revit and Rhino. The ideal candidate must have experience and a consultative approach to their work. They must be able to communicate at all levels and support the Senior Interior Designers.
We are also seeing a need for Project Design Managers with Revit and large multi-residential experience as this is a project hotspot at present, especially in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Graduate Architects with mid-level experience on multi-residential projects and the skills to liaise with stakeholders are in particular demand.
ArchiCAD Draftsmen are also sought. Many smaller businesses that specialise in residential projects are looking for candidates who have extensive experience in volume residential drafting and working on ArchiCAD to create single build documentation and design. There is particular demand in Queensland for candidates to have a combined understanding of ‘Queenslanders’, masonry and brick veneer builds.
Revit Drafters and Architects that are proficient with Revit and Building Information Modelling software are in high demand, especially those with commercial and multi-residential project experience.
Colour Consultants with strong client facing skills and the ability to produce drafting using Archicad are also in demand.
In terms of candidate trends, more and more Architects are realising that employers are expecting them to have the ability to document and to be an all rounder on a project from start to finish. Candidates are becoming more open to this trend and are enrolling on Revit courses to understand the software so that they can navigate and fully utilise the system.