Revit Experienced Architects and Drafters – Professionals who can operate Revit software are in demand because it’s relatively new and few Architects and Drafters have been exposed to the programme for long periods of time. Consequently there is a shortage of candidates with high level Revit software skills and previous experience in the commercial project sector.
Strategic Planners – There is currently a shortfall of Strategic Planners with broad experience in Victoria. There are candidates applying for roles from interstate and overseas, but a large number of the Strategic Planners with Victorian experience are generally in work. In Brisbane we expect Strategic Planners to be in demand as the new draft city plan will cause a ripple effect across state, local, public authorities and private sector consultancies. These organisations will be required to respond to the city’s amended schemes and plans after their release in February.
Urban Planners/Designers – Still in Queensland, there will be a push from local councils to grow their urban planning and design teams due to various local area and suburban centre improvement projects, laneways programs and pedestrian focused initiatives. These projects are designed to further Brisbane’s vision as a ‘livable’ city. As such there will be an increase in demand for candidates with Queensland planning legislative knowledge and urban design experience.
ArchiCAD Drafters with volume-home building experience – Residential builders are expecting steady sales and increased demand this year. This will result in a need for additional technical and drafting support for further builds. As such, ArchiCAD Drafters with previous experience in volume-home building will be in demand to fill these roles due to the nature of drafting processes and the software used.
Open Space and Park Planners – There is a shortage of architectural and planning candidates with specific experience working for local government in open space and parks planning. With changing planning legislation coming through from the various states, there will be a need for local councils to respond to these amendments and the push for further urban renewal and public space planning.
The architectural market is driven by projects and therefore employers want flexible headcounts and are utilising temporary and contract staff.
Candidates should be prepared for complex salary/package negotiations. Overseas candidates are making stronger demands for healthcare insurance and housing allowances.