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January - March 2016

Major highway and rail infrastructure projects in NSW, Victoria and the ACT are generating high levels of temporary and permanent recruitment across a number of roles.

Design Engineers, Rail Engineers, Project Engineers and Drafters are all in strong demand.

The awarding of major infrastructure projects is also generating business for associated industries and services boosting employment demand for certain roles such as Transport Planners.

Employers are also looking for Revit skills for many roles but are struggling to find candidates with the right software skills including self-sufficient Architects and Drafters.

Senior Structural Engineers are in extremely high demand in Australia across the consultancy sector.

We also expect to see more roles come online associated with renewable energy in light of the Federal Government’s more supportive attitude to the sector coupled with the success of the recent Paris Climate Summit.

Skills in demand

Over the January to March quarter we expect Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) Consultants to be in increasing demand given the much better conditions for the renewable energy sector.

Design consultancies are on the hunt for Design Engineers, ideally with road project experience plus strong IT/design systems experience.

Rail Engineers with track signalling or electrification experience are in very high demand.

Civil Engineers, Civil Designers (12d and MX) and MX Designers are needed for road and highway infrastructure project activity.

Transport Planners are in increasing demand as higher traffic and transport volumes create the need for more research and analytics.

On the building front, professionals in demand include Structural Design Engineers with Australian building experience, Civil and Structural Engineers (Buildings) for urban and land development projects, and Civil Drafters for sub-division and building-related civil works.

Revit Modellers are a hiring priority for ongoing building services contracts.

Candidate trends

With such high demand for Revit skills it is not surprising that candidates without Revit experience are looking for employers willing to train them in the software so they don't get left behind.

Meanwhile, candidates overworked in recent times who have often clocked working weeks of up to 78 hours are now looking for less intense, smaller projects to gain a better work-life balance. We are seeing more candidates prepared to move out of big cities if it means improving their lifestyle.

Candidates have a strong interest in permanent opportunities offering attractive salaries and career growth. Despite the shortage of candidates in many areas, employers are not in a position to pay top end salaries to attract talent due to reducing their profit margin when bidding on work in order to win contracts.

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