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Architecture

April - June 2014

Hotspots

 

Senior Commercial Architects – In response to an increase in the number of aged care facilities as well as Government refurbishment projects, we are seeing demand for Senior Commercial Architects.

 

Mid-Level Commercial Architects – There is also a need for Commercial Architects at the mid level. When recruiting at this level, employers look for candidates with a proven ability to manage small to medium sized projects.

 

Multi-residential Architects – We are also seeing a need for Architects with large multi-residential experience as this is a project hotspot at present.

 

Interior Designers – Candidates with six or more years of experience are in high demand. So too are those with commercial project experience, yet there is a shortage of suitable candidates in this area.

 

Statutory Planners – These skills are sought by local government to deal with the increased number of development applications.

 

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 particularly high demand. Smaller practices are also looking for Revit experts who can implement and train staff on the software.

 

ArchiCAD – There is a general skills shortage when it comes to ArchiCAD. More firms are using this software, but the number of professionals with experience using it is not keeping up with demand. As a result, ArchiCAD Drafters are in high demand, especially Residential Drafters due to the increase in residential sales and approvals.

 

Trends

 

New jobs will be created this quarter, with most offered on a permanent basis as employers want staff who can grow into the business.

 

The exception will be Western Australia, where employers will continue to focus on recruiting temporary or contract staff in order to maintain headcount flexibility and manage fluctuating workloads and demands. Having said this, the local market is showing signs of revival with some inspiring projects on the horizon.

 

Across Australia, the ongoing shortage of candidates with substantial local  experience remains a challenge. Exacerbating this situation was the movement of people either away from the industry or over to work directly for clients over the last two years; as the market improves, skills are again sought but many professionals are no longer in the industry. 

 

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