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Construction

April - June 2014

Hotspots

 

Estimators - Residential and commercial Estimators are in high demand since both these markets are much busier. Employers are looking for experienced candidates with strong contacts within the local construction industry.

 

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.

 

Site Managers – Experienced high-rise Site Managers are needed in response to a growing number of these projects. We are also seeing a need for commercial Site Managers for mid-size projects that are gaining approval and commencing, as well as candidates with experience working on projects over $100 million. Finally, shopfitting Site Managers are needed in response to the large number of refurbishment projects currently underway.

 

Senior Project Managers - Organisations are recruiting strategically to ensure they have the expertise to win further work. This is creating high demand for Senior Project Managers.

 

Safety Officers and Safety Managers – These professionals are needed for high-rise projects. As there have been minimal projects of this nature in recent years, there is now a shortage of experienced safety professionals for the current number of projects.

 

Trends

 

There is a lot more confidence in the market, with employers talking of hiring plans and candidates looking for new exciting projects. Contract employment is already picking up pace.

 

In Queensland, employers are certainly talking about hiring, although they will first utilise existing resources.

 

In New South Wales the focus is on recruiting Estimators, both sales and production. Candidates with specific residential construction experience are particularly highly valued.

 

The Northern Territory meanwhile is coming to the close of the wet season, and as a result we are already beginning to see a slight increase in the construction market. Candidate levels are still strong, and the preference to recruit locally based candidates who are familiar with the Territory remains, despite the skills shortage in some areas.

 

In South Australia most roles are offered on a permanent basis. Employers are recruiting exceptional candidates who can add value to the business.

 

In Western Australia, the residential construction sector is not showing any signs of abating. It promises to be a buoyant winter for many of the state’s builders, and our candidates in this sector are consequently capitalising on the job opportunities on offer.

 

The shortage of experienced Schedulers and Estimators has resulted in salary package increases of up to 15% as employers attempt to secure the top talent. 

 

Although the growth of the mining sector has stymied in recent times, positive 2013 final quarter manufacturing data out of China has resulted in capital raising from the junior miners. This has prompted an increase in construction activity on intermediate projects. Estimators, particularly those with heavy civil credentials, are occupied tendering on this influx of projects.

 

Meanwhile in the far north of the state, Senior Project Managers willing to stain their steel cap boots with red dirt remain in high demand.

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