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July - September 2014



Interior Designers – Interior Designers are in high demand to work on new fitouts and refurbishments. Candidates with six or more years of experience are sought in particular, as are those with commercial project experience. However there is a shortage of suitable candidates in these areas.  


Statutory Planners – These skills are sought by local government to deal with the increased number of development applications. Given the increased number of approvals, Statutory Planners who are immediately available and can work on a contract basis are in greatest demand.  


Revit/BIM - More firms are using Revit and Building Information Modelling software, but despite the number of BIM projects there is a lack of local expertise around it. With a lot of BIM projects on the horizon, Revit Drafters will be in high demand, especially those with commercial and multi-residential project experience.


Project Architects – In a localised trend, multi-unit residential projects are booming in Sydney and as a result employers need Project Architects to run them.  Project leaders are also needed for commercial developments. Candidates must have design and coordination experience, along with people management skills.


Urban Designers Designers with CAD skills are rare but given the current increase in greenfield and brownfield design they are in high demand. 




Vacancy activity has risen and consequently candidates are not as readily available as they were. For employers then, the focus is once again on identifying and engaging with the right talent.


In most states, employers still prefer to hire on a contract basis initially in order to trial a candidate before offering them a permanent position. In addition, given the project driven nature of the industry, architecture firms prefer the flexibility that these contracts offer.


But as more projects become available, firms need additional staff to complete the work required. The shortage of immediately available candidates with local experience has seen some employers elect to recruit on a permanent basis, particularly in architecture and planning.


While there are many jobs on offer, identifying readily available top talent remains the biggest challenge for employers. For candidates, these assignments provide an opportunity to work on big jobs, which can be a valuable addition to your portfolio.

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