There has been a slight upturn in temporary assignments as companies need to bring certain individuals on board but do not always want to commit to a permanent hire.
We are seeing increasing vacancy activity across traditional energy in certain locations, which may indicate that the market is now on the up following CAPEX completions in the distribution sector and privatisation in the generation sector.
Transmission and distribution is experiencing more vacancy activity than power generation. Companies are looking for specialists with power infrastructure experience. But to be successful candidates must be able to show how they could add value; this is necessary for candidates going for temporary as well as permanent roles.
Employers also look for candidates with local experience. They will not consider candidates from interstate or overseas at present.
Interestingly, employers are engaging former employees in temporary assignments for new tender design or project delivery.
In terms of skills in demand for the October to December 2015 quarter, we’re seeing high demand for Design Engineers for tender purposes. For similar reasons, Design Drafters are needed.
Solar Design Engineers are also in demand thanks to government funding in this area.
Transmission and distribution employers are looking for Schedulers, Works Delivery Coordinators and Asset specialists. Employers want candidates with power infrastructure experience and a proactive and versatile approach to their work.
Project Coordinators are needed too. Candidates with proven experience coordinating projects are being utilised to work alongside PMs.
Market Consultants are sought. Energy consultancies are still interested in candidates with an energy background who can provide cost saving solutions to clients. This is a direct result of billing in the energy sector becoming more complex.
Operations Managers are in demand too. High-level industry experts on the blue collar side can still be utilised by the large energy distributors. Company restructures have resulted in these senior roles.
Electrical gas turbine Power Station Maintainers are in demand. There are a limited number of candidates who have worked with gas turbine power stations and have electrical qualifications.
In Western Australia underground power-works Delivery Coordinators are sought. Since there has been a limited amount of underground infrastructure previously in Western Australia, these candidates are in demand.
Finally, Protection HV Electricians remain in high demand in Western Australia. This is a niche market and it takes time to specialise in this area, hence skills are in short supply.
In terms of candidate trends, most job seekers are now open to temporary assignments and are willing to relocate.
They are also increasingly looking at diversifying their skill set and are beginning to branch out from their individual specialism. For example, people who have worked in analytical roles are looking at consultancy jobs and those with a distributor background are considering lesser roles outside the market.
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