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Construction

July - September 2014

Hotspots

 

HSE Advisors – The implementation of safety systems is becoming a major focus for residential construction companies and this has led to demand for candidates with direct experience on specific projects.

 

Foremen/women – The sharp increase in high-rise projects at present has fuelled strong demand for these skills. But given the shortage of high-rise projects in recent times, there is an equivalent shortage of candidates with relevant experience. We are also seeing a need for Structures Foremen/women and Finishing Foremen/women with high-rise residential experience.

 

Quantity Surveyors – There is currently a shortage of highly qualified Quantity Surveyors.

 

Contract Administrators – Demand for Contract Administrators across all building sectors is growing fast with a particularly strong demand for candidates with large scale residential development experience. In capital cities candidates with significant commercial fit-out and refurbishment experience are also snapped up quickly.

 

Senior Estimators – Candidates are in high demand for project roles in the civil and infrastructure market.

 

Project Engineers and Civil Supervisors – Professionals with a background in subdivision or land development are sought. 

 

Senior Project Managers and Construction Managers – Within the rail sector we are seeing an increase in roles for experienced Senior Project Managers and Construction Managers. With some massive projects due to commence in NSW over the next 18 months, we are also seeing strong demand for people with experience in operational readiness roles across the industry.

 

Trends

 

We are seeing more confidence in the market. Building construction jobs are available and many employers say activity will increase. Demand in civil construction remains limited but consistent.

 

Small contractors in the earthworks and early works sector are seeing steady activity given increased residential building work.

 

In New South Wales major civil and infrastructure projects are being awarded, with recruitment activity around three months away. This has created a lot of interest in the local candidate pool.

 

There are more permanent than temporary jobs as employers want to find candidates who they can retain long term. Employers continue to prefer locally based candidates.

 

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