We are seeing more consistency in the architecture jobs market with a variety of architectural practices and builders requiring additional staff. There has been a big shift in the residential market, with practices that work within the multi-unit residential and high-end residential areas being the busiest.
More and more employers are hiring permanent instead of temporary staff because they want to retain employees with specific experience in Revit or multi unit residential projects.
As a result of a busier market there is now a shortage of quality candidates and this has made it more challenging for practices that want to recruit on a temporary basis. Employers are also looking to hire mid-level candidates as they are now considering succession planning.
In terms of skills in demand for the July to September 2015 quarter, Revit Drafters, Architects and Interior Designers that are proficient with Revit and Building Information Modelling software are highly sought, especially those with commercial and multi-residential project experience.
High-end Residential Design Architects with experience in one-off high-end housing ($2 to $10 million) are also in strong demand. With many new projects in their initial stages, Design Architects are needed to do front-end design. There is a shortage of candidates because most graduates specialise as Project Architects rather than Design Architects.
Mid-level Project Architects who can manage projects, be adaptable and have CAD software skills are also highly sought after for multi-unit residential projects.
In terms of candidate trends, job seekers are becoming more and more particular about what they are looking for. If candidates have experience using Revit, they don't want to go back to using AutoCAD.
Candidates are receiving counter offers as organisations focus on retaining their staff.