New South Wales
Sydney’s architecture market is all about finding the employers offering the best projects. Many candidates are looking for large scale, challenging fit out projects.
Since Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Revit software skills are in such high demand, employers are trying to attract the best graduates by offering the opportunity for them to access relevant courses to build their skills in these areas. More experienced candidates need to possess skills covering the latest Revit and other CAD packages to be considered for good 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 finding quality candidates with the right attitude of being accountable for their work is difficult.
Due to an increase in upcoming projects in the ACT, confidence is returning to the market and 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 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.
The preference is for permanent staff, with employers looking for Revit self-sufficient Architects and Drafters. Job flow is high, however so are employer expectations. Overall the number of opportunities is higher than 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 and so cannot afford top end salaries.
Larger corporate organisations are increasingly focused on contractors, namely mid- to senior-level Technicians, to help meet documentation deadlines.
Like elsewhere around the nation, Revit is the key software program being used across the industry. This is creating demand for candidates with a good understanding of construction methods, Revit detailing and design. Most employers have strong project pipelines this quarter and beyond, and see exciting times ahead.
Skills in demand
In terms of the skills in demand in the January to March quarter, employers are looking for candidates able to adapt easily to a new environment who are also open to mentoring and training entry-level staff.
Professionals with concept design experience are in high demand, including CAD Drafters and Design Managers.
Design Architects in residential, commercial and retail are also needed as are candidates with Revit and ArchiCAD skills gained post university. Revit rules and Senior Design Architects, Senior Project Architects and Architectural Draftspersons with strong software skills are also in high demand. Architectural Graduates are needed too.
Commercial/Workplace Interior Designers and Senior Designers with experience are another area of high demand. Candidates with extensive design experience plus business development abilities are sought.
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 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.
Graduates are starting to use Lumion 3D visualisation software to create top quality design presentations quickly.