Bridge Design Engineers – Mid to senior level Engineers with extensive experience in RMS/RTA and Railcorp or transport projects are sought in NSW. Recent flagship projects in the transport sector have seen multi-billion dollar projects incorporate their own bridge package component.
Overseas rail experience – Rail professionals with overseas experience are in high demand since the North West Rail Link in NSW is introducing European train systems to improve the current format. This is therefore creating a high demand for professionals with relevant experience.
Track Reliability Engineers – The reliability field within rail is very niche and also candidate short. There is high demand for degree qualified Engineers with experience in this area.
Signalling Engineers & OHL Engineers - While there are few rail projects in the design phase, there is a lot of activity across rail maintenance as both the heavy haul and passenger rail sectors are adding and refining their teams.
Mid-level Building Structures Design Engineers – Given the rise in the number of commercial and residential projects, most notably in NSW, demand is high for these professionals. SME's are becoming increasingly competitive with larger consultancies to secure these skills.
Urban Development Engineers – Urban Development Engineers are in short supply in NSW in response to several large development projects.
Senior Land Development Engineers – Candidates with extensive local experience are in high demand. Small to medium consultancies look to engage candidates who can bring local contacts to their business.
Traffic Engineers – The limited supply of Traffic Engineers continues to see this area of the market remain candidate short.
Surveyors – This is another area of the market that remains candidate short, with good Surveyors highly sought after.
Revit Drafters – The continued development of BIM technology in Australia is seeing more companies adopt it over CAD as their drafting process and tool. As a result, demand is high for Revit Drafters.
Asset Managers – Within the public sector engineering candidates with infrastructure asset management experience on roads and pavements are consistently in demand. Organisations are looking to maintain their existing asset portfolio rather than upgrade or replace it.
Several large civil projects are in the pipeline or currently at tender stage. They will continue to fuel an active civil engineering recruitment market. In other areas, such as in resources and mining, we have seen vacancy activity reduce and a trend to recruit on a temporary or contract basis to manage peaks in demand.
Many employers outside resources and mining are hesitant to employ engineering professionals with heavy industry experience. They have concerns about the commitment of these candidates to sectors outside the heavy industry, and therefore the transition into the private or public sector can be challenging for these engineering professionals.
The public sector is focusing on temporary recruitment. This is expected to continue, particularly within local government in response to reforms and amalgamations that will be adopted by July 2015.
There are more positive prospects for the property industry in the upcoming months. As a result, highly networked and locally experienced Land Development professionals continue to be in demand.