Site Engineers - Major renewable energy projects in regional NSW are creating demand for site based engineering staff.
Project Managers – Several major energy projects are due for delivery this year across all disciplines. Large CAPEX projects are nearing completion and new power generation projects are on the horizon, creating significant demand for PMs.
HV Electricians – Even though there are many candidates in the market with the correct qualifications, employers look for candidates that have very specific experience with the type and model of machinery used on their projects. Specific qualifications in switching are in demand on large substation projects in NSW.
Mechanical and Electrical Technicians – Cogeneration and Trigeneration projects are on the increase in NSW and technicians are needed to install and maintain these systems.
Level 3 Design Drafters and Engineers – These professionals are in high demand due to the volume of work expected to be generated over the next six months.
Protection Engineers – There is a shortage of engineers with the required skills set in this area.
Operation Managers – In Western Australia there is a focus on asset maintenance and longevity rather than investment in more infrastructure projects. Therefore there has been a corresponding requirement for strategic operational managers with key power generation asset management experience.
New jobs are being created in regional West NSW due to a major renewable project being undertaken to construct two large solar farms. A wide variety of roles are being created, covering everything from junior site engineering staff through to senior project management roles on site.
The general trend at this stage is for staff to be hired on a temporary basis. Candidate levels have increased in certain areas, however key positions remain in high demand due to the lack of skills in the Australian market. These include technical trades (Linesmen/women and HV Electricians) as well as Commissioning Engineers and Accredited Level 3 Design Engineers.
The market has changed over the past 18 months from candidate led to employer led. This enables employers to be much more particular when recruiting and there is a lot more confidence in the market for the year ahead.