Senior Site Managers – A high rise residential boom is set to happen next year in Sydney’s CBD due to huge demand coupled with an influx of Chinese investment. Senior Site Managers are needed to run $100 million projects.
Site Managers – We are also seeing a need for Site Managers in Perth in response to the increase in approvals for high rise apartment projects. Employers want experienced site management staff who have worked on high rise projects valued at more than $30 million. Ideally these managers should have experience working on projects above 15 storeys.
Senior Commercial Staff – A downturn in the market over the last five years has provided limited opportunities for a new stream of commercial staff working on large projects to develop. This has now resulted in a shortage of Senior Commercial Staff.
Structures Foremen/women – Talented Structures Foremen/women are valued members of site teams. Companies are offering large salaries and counter offers to entice the good candidates to stay for the influx of large new building projects that are planned.
Project Managers – There has been a particular shortage of Project Managers who can work on larger projects valued at above $50 million. Many projects of this size are scheduled to start this year. We are also seeing a need for high-rise Project Managers in Queensland and Perth in response to a number of developments, both commercial and residential. Candidates need experience working on high rise projects above 20 storeys and valued at over $50 million.
Fit-out Site Managers – There are major plans to refurbish existing commercial buildings this year so that they can stay competitive with new commercial developments. As a result these professionals are highly sought after.
Fit-out Contract Administrators, Estimators and Site Managers – These professionals are sought after as various tenants vacate properties and relocate to smaller offices which require fit-out work. Yet candidates are in short supply, particularly those that have worked on projects that are valued at over $100 million.
Estimators - Residential – A record breaking residential housing market in Perth and Western Australia, coupled with a steady increase in the population as a whole, is resulting in a record number of approvals for new builds. The increase in the residential market is across the board, from single storey homes for the first home buyer market to double storey and multi storey developments at the high end of the market. This has led to an increase in demand for experienced and entry level scheduling and estimation staff across the whole of the sector. Experienced Estimators are in the greatest demand with salaries rising above current inflation levels.
Estimators - Civil & Building – A number of large-scale projects are due to start across Perth and the North West of Western Australia, such as Roy Hill, Elizabeth Quay, Crown Towers and also Perth’s new stadium. As a result, main contractors and sub-contractors are looking for experienced well qualified Estimators to join their teams at all levels. Ideally these professionals should be suitably qualified and with previous experience in project specific roles. Strong candidates are commanding above average remuneration packages.
Contract Administrators – Experienced Contract Administrators and Senior Contract Administrators are in demand due to companies keeping tight financial control on projects that are currently underway or in the pipeline. Candidates should ideally have local experience. Professionals with project specific experience such as shopping centres and high rise apartment buildings are preferred. Salary levels are holding up well for the right candidates.
With a solid project pipeline this year, the general consensus is that vacancy activity will rise. And with a number of large-scale projects planned over the next five years, companies do not have the internal capacity to staff new projects.
In localised trends, in Sydney Lend Lease’s Barangaroo development has pulled a number of resources from other companies and created voids in their labour pools. Therefore companies will have to start looking at interstate and overseas candidates next year to staff jobs effectively.
In the Northern Territory, the Ichthys LNG project remains the focus of activity. Darwin’s building industry remains steady and there are a number of projects planned for this year. We expect that hiring activity will remain steady with a focus on and preference for local candidates.
More high rise buildings are being approved in Brisbane and as a result further construction is scheduled this year.
In Western Australia we expect to see an increase in the use of temporary staff in the civil regional market, particularly with the start of the Roy Hill project based in the north-west of Western Australia. Historically these projects have been very driven by temporary or contract staff due to the nature of the work.
The metro market meanwhile is driven by permanent recruitment, although as with all areas, when there is strong demand for specific roles employers become more flexible regarding the use of contract staff.
Permanent recruitment increased significantly over the last half of 2013. Candidate levels have increased, however employers are taking their time in the decision making process.