New South Wales
Candidates in Sydney’s architecture market are still looking to work on large-scale, challenging fit-out projects. As a result, their focus is on finding employers that offer the best projects.
Employers meanwhile continue to focus on new ways to attract candidates with Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Revit software skills. Given the high demand, employers are trying to attract the best graduates by offering them access to relevant courses to build their skills in these areas. More experienced candidates need to possess the latest Revit and other CAD package skills to be considered for the best roles.
Overall, the market in NSW is still very busy and it is becoming harder for employers to find suitable candidates; many are cautious after making bad hires in the past.
Contractors are still in demand but quality candidates who are prepared to be accountable for their work are in short supply.
The increase in upcoming projects in the ACT has and will continue to see confidence return to the market. Given this, employers are making hiring a priority. Where project demands are high, new roles are being created offering attractive salaries and career growth.
Employers are currently hiring with a more permanent than temporary focus and are looking for candidates from interstate for business critical roles when a local architect cannot be sourced. Candidates with large-scale experience are preferred to match the scale of the projects taking place.
Employers still want to recruit on a permanent basis, and are looking for Revit self-sufficient Architects and Drafters. Job flow is high, however so are employer expectations. Overall the number of opportunities exceeds the number of available candidates with relevant software knowledge.
While the recruitment market is positive, salaries are conservative given that many employers have had to reduce their margin in order to win work.
Larger corporate organisations are still focused on recruiting contractors, especially mid- to senior-level Technicians, to help meet documentation deadlines.
Like elsewhere around the nation, Revit is the key software program being used. This is creating demand for candidates with a good understanding of construction methods, Revit detailing and design. Most employers have strong project pipelines and see exciting times ahead.
Skills in demand
In terms of the skills in demand for the April to June quarter, we expect to see a continued need for candidates who can adapt easily to a new environment and who are also open to mentoring and training entry-level staff.
Professionals with concept design experience are in high demand too, including
CAD Drafters and Design Managers.
Meanwhile Design Architects in residential, commercial and retail are needed as are candidates with Revit and ArchiCAD skills gained post-university. Revit continues to rule, and therefore Senior Design Architects, Senior Project Architects and Architectural Draftspersons with strong software skills are sought too, as are Architectural Graduates.
Commercial/Workplace Interior Designers and Senior Designers with experience are another area of high demand. Candidates with extensive design experience plus business development skills are preferred.
Residential Drafters, Revit Drafters and Revit Documenters are in high demand due to the increase in large multi-residential projects.
There is also strong hiring activity for senior to mid-level Revit Technicians with experience working on multi-residential and high-rise projects.
Given the ongoing dominant demand for Revit experience, those candidates without Revit are looking to work for employers that will train them so that they don't get left behind in the recruitment market.