Project Directors – Several major projects are being tendered at the moment and will commence in the New Year, which require Project Directors.
Estimators – There has been an historical shortage of Estimators encompassing residential, commercial and civil. This has been exacerbated recently by the increased number of tenders being made by companies and the increase in high rise commercial projects due to proceed, particularly in Perth’s metro area. We are also seeing demand for Civil Estimators in response to recent restructures.
Senior Project Engineers – This remains a pinch point in development since there is a shortage of Project Engineers at the senior level.
Site Managers and Project Managers – An increase in apartment builds has fuelled demand for Site Managers and Project Managers with high rise experience. Employers are also looking for Site Managers with experience working over project housing sites and BDM skills, while in the Northern Territory there is a particular demand for Commercial Project Managers with local experience.
Construction Managers – Again, we are seeing demand for Construction Managers with high rise experience, as well as strong tier one experience. This demand is most notable in Perth, where a number of local companies are experiencing growth and seek strong candidates with previous experience in Western Australia, although they will consider candidates from interstate if they have the right experience and large project backgrounds in excess of $100 million. In the Eastern states, growing companies seek Construction Managers with BDM experience as they move out of smaller projects and secure work on larger projects.
High-rise Foremen/women – Candidates with structures and services experience are in high demand.
Contract Administrators – We are seeing demand for a range of Contract Administrators, from those with medium density experience on projects up to 10 to 20 stories, to those with long tenure in previous roles.
RMS/RTA experience – Professionals with RMS/RTA contracting experience are in high demand in response to the volume of work in this area.
Civil Supervisors – Civil Supervisors with subdivisions and cabling/fibre optic experience are in demand in response to the increase in land development in addition to NBN and energy upgrades.
Surveyors – New project requirements have created demand for Surveyors.
OHS, Project Controls, Project Engineers and Project Managers – These professionals are in high demand in order to mitigate risk, from minimising injuries to managing project governance and ensuring projects run to schedule and budget. This is essential to both ensure a safe working environment and also to avoid financial penalties for late project delivery.
Staffing levels in civil construction are stable at present and redundancies have slowed down or stopped in most areas. The new calendar year looks very strong in terms of live projects and most companies plan to interview candidates this quarter and start their new hires in January or February. If not, they are at the very least identifying the skills required if their tenders are successful.
As a result, a large number of current vacancies are long-term temporary assignments. The exception is construction contractors in Western Australia, who prefer to recruit on a permanent basis. We expect to see an increase in permanent roles in the West over the coming six months as additional projects come on line or move from the civil to construction stage.
Employers are increasingly only considering candidates who have a solid history of tenure with their previous employers. Those candidates who have changed employers frequently are not viewed as favourably.
In general, the recruitment process has lengthened as employers become more thorough and expectations increase.