Environmental Planners – With several high profile infrastructure projects in the pipeline, each one demands extensive environmental impact assessment and consulting services. Thus demand for Environmental Planners is high.
MX Designers – Transport modelling software MX is the go-to software for many of the design consultancies. With an increase in work volume anticipated, the majority of top-tier consultancies will experience a skill shortage for MX Designers.
Land Development Project Managers/Engineers – As the housing shortage continues, the government is looking to invest in new subdivisions, particularly in the North West and South West growth centres of NSW.
Revit Drafters – With the heightened demand for more conclusive Building Information Management processes, Revit has become an integral part of being able to bring all the modelling of new building developments together. Candidates with solid work experience using this modelling software are sure to be snapped up.
Senior Design Engineers – Candidates who have strong business development skills and ideally possess an existing business network are particularly in demand because they enable growth to happen through relatively little investment or risk.
ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems) Engineers – Growth in this area is driven by technology, not market forces – therefore demand for these professionals remains relatively strong.
Stormwater/Drainage Engineers – With many infrastructure projects, stormwater and drainage is essential to the ultimate success of the project. There are many land development and transport projects planned in 2014 and this speciality is no longer a part of many engineers’ jobs.
Asset Managers – Engineering candidates with infrastructure asset management experience on roads and pavements are consistently in demand in the public sector. Organisations are looking to maintain their existing asset portfolio rather than upgrade or replace it.
Traffic Engineers – Local government employers continue to demand quality Traffic Engineers and large scale Sub-division Engineers. This is a common requirement, particularly in Western Australia, where employers are currently in need of candidates with specific experience working within local councils.
Environmental experts with regulatory and licensing experience – State Governments require candidates with specific licensing and regulation experience. These professionals are however particularly scarce.
Following several rounds of redundancies in 2013 many engineering firms now face the prospect of being skill short for the expected upturn in project designs this year. With many project awards still to be determined, firms will engage fixed-term contractors midway through the first quarter.
We are seeing a definite push in the market for more temporary staff to manage peaks in workload, particularly with those companies that have made cuts. Candidate levels remain high in certain sectors, but there is definite demand for those mentioned above.
Employers within engineering consultancies are rationalising their workforce and non-essential staff. Accordingly, demand still exists for versatile candidates who can add value in different areas.
Major projects continue to create demand in the engineering sector. The East-West link in Melbourne for example will create demand for both Civil and Structural Engineers with infrastructure experience and Tunnelling Engineers.
When recruiting for permanent roles, the candidate’s skills and proven record in business development are the key requirements.