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Construction

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Contract Administrators – There has been an increase in demand for Contract Administrators across all building sectors, particularly for candidates with large scale residential development experience. In capital cities candidates with significant commercial fit-out and refurbishment experience are also highly sought.

Cost Planners – Quality Cost Planners/Estimators with local knowledge are sought to meet demand resulting from a higher volume of small building projects.

Fit-out Construction Professionals – High demand exists for candidates across all types of construction in Sydney, with shortages particularly acute in fit-out and residential high rise. This has caused upward pressure on salaries and counter offers have become commonplace. There is now an increased focus from employers on staff retention and engagement to ensure their key people are retained.

Project Managers – With more and more people moving to Western Australia, there has been a huge demand for residential properties ranging from single, double or triple storey dwellings to high rise apartment projects. As a result, Project Managers with experience working on projects valued between $5-10 million are highly sought.

Civil Supervisors – The civil sector has picked up in the Northern Territory as construction companies look to push through work before the wet season.

HSE Advisors – Safety is becoming a focus in Darwin as regulations become more stringent. Companies now place more emphasis on safety and therefore need good safety officers.

Estimators – Candidates are in high demand for project roles in the civil and infrastructure market, especially in Western Sydney where there is an ongoing housing boom. Also, there is a shortage of Estimators in South Australia with one to two years of experience due to the recent downturn which saw less graduates employed and able to gain experience.

Trends

Employers are holding vacancies until the perfect candidate becomes available, with few companies prepared to relax their candidate requirements. There is a strong preference for permanent staff at this time, and few white collar temporary roles in the residential construction industry.

The market continues to improve and we expect to see recruitment activity positively influenced by the property boom. Construction teams will build their operational capabilities.

More fitouts and refurbishments are also expected in the office and retail spaces.
 

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