New South Wales
New South Wales’ infrastructure market is very active, with a number of new projects scheduled to commence in the coming years.
The large scale West Connex, NW Rail and the Sydney Light Rail projects will create demand for Highway and Bridge Engineers, Civil Drafters and Transport Planners. These projects will also have an impact on structural and civil (urban/land) hiring intentions.
As Sydney’s infrastructure grows, Building Structural Engineers and Land Development specialists will be in high demand for residential, commercial and industrial projects.
The large number of commercial and hospital refurbishment and fitout projects within NSW will mean an increase in demand for Building Services Engineers in all disciplines. Employers want candidates with good soft skills. Strong technical skills are still vital but employers are looking for Engineers who they can put in a room with clients, Architects and Project Managers and who can be articulate and sensitive to their clients’ needs.
Mechanical Engineers are needed, and can be utilised in a number of disciplines.
Electrical Engineers are in high demand too, even more so if they have strong interpersonal skills.
We are also seeing huge demand for Revit Drafters. There appears to be a shift in the industry for consultancies to provide BIM models rather than documentation for clients.
12D, MX, Civil 3D Designers are needed too. These professionals bring projects of all sizes to life, from massive infrastructure to small scale projects.
Civil Engineers are needed in roads and land/urban development. New infrastructure projects and the increased development of the surrounding greater Sydney area requires engineers to work on these projects.
Transport Planners/Modellers are also sought in response to the infrastructure boom and the diversification of transport trends.
Employers currently have a strong preference for hiring people in a permanent capacity and will poach good candidates from their competitors when the opportunity arises. If there isn’t a vacancy they will sometimes create one. Candidates from interstate and overseas are being considered for roles where there are skills shortages.
Growth in Victoria’s commercial sector is being complemented by investment in healthcare and education. This has boosted confidence in the industry and the anticipated demand is causing companies to shift focus towards increasing operational capacity and employee numbers. In addition new jobs are being created by consultancies that are operating in the booming high-rise residential construction sector.
However skills shortages are emerging, and have left consultancies reflecting on their employee value proposition and other attraction/retention strategies.
In a concerning trend, Structural Engineers with infrastructure experience have been drawn north to the booming construction market in New South Wales. In addition increased specialisation, particularly in software use, has prevented engineering professionals from moving from one project type to another.
This has resulted in Drafters and Engineers being pigeonholed in certain types of infrastructure or building projects. For example, Bridge and Tunnelling Engineers often have no choice but to relocate to where the work is.
In terms of skills in demand, we’re seeing increased demand for expertise in the areas of water and waste-water engineering and infrastructure. This is being driven by the significant growth in the state’s network.
The development of high-rise buildings is creating considerable demand for Engineers with relevant experience, particularly for those with expertise in PT design and the use of software packages such RAPT and E-tabs.
Similarly, Drafters with Revit expertise and experience in high-rise developments are sought after. Market conditions have shifted emphasis away from training and developing employees, which has created a considerable shortage of drafting/design professionals suitably skilled in the use of Revit.
Experienced mid to senior level Structural Engineers with business development skills are sought to work on commercial and residential building projects. There is a shortage of high quality candidates in these areas. Designers with modelling skills in12D, MX, Civil 3D are also highly sought for large-scale infrastructure projects.
Residential property sales are steady, which has created relatively steady demand for land development professionals.
With most large-scale government projects, and several retail private projects, being completed in BIM, Revit capabilities across all disciplines are sought by both contractors and consultancies.
Principal level Civil Engineers are also sought. Small to medium sized consultancies are looking to engage more senior candidates with a wealth of local experience, knowledge and contacts.
With several new retail projects coming into the design phase in Western Australia, intermediate level Mechanical Engineers with strong building services experience are in demand. So too are Engineering Technical Officers with a background in local government who are required for numerous temporary assignments.
Building Surveyors who are qualified and registered are needed for both permanent and temporary vacancies.
We are seeing an increase in the number of graduate engineers on the market and senior level candidates are more willing to leave roles for the right projects. Entry-level civil engineering candidates are learning software skills such as 12D instead of only concentrating on engineering design and project management.
Candidates with a high level of technical skills are looking for more responsibility and the opportunity to develop their project management skills. They are becoming more interested in moving on to gain exposure to a range of different projects in areas such as commercial, residential health and aged care.