Revit Modellers/Drafters/BIM professionals – Very strong demand exists for candidates with Revit MEP experience for contract and permanent positions. Contractors are particularly in demand as projects are moving into the construction phase. There is also a shortage of Revit Modellers in a BIM environment.
Hydraulics Service Engineers – Engineers with good modelling exposure are highly sought across the board due to an increase in building projects and refits.
Structural Engineers – With the current increase in activity in the high rise residential market, intermediate Structural Engineers with commercial buildings experience are in demand for permanent positions. Demand is also high for senior to lead structural candidates for small to medium sized consultancies.
Intermediate and Senior Civil Engineers (Land Development) – With growth in the property market, boutique and medium-sized land development consultancies are looking to engage senior candidates with a wealth of local experience and contacts that they can bring to the business.
Mechanical Engineers/Project Managers (Building Services) – Across commercial and residential projects, demand for these professionals is high from both consultancies and contractors.
Civil Project Managers (Local Government) –
In a localised trend, local government reform and the awarding of several maintenance contracts in Western Australia has created demand for Civil PMs with roads construction experience for contract positions.
Tunnelling Engineers/Drafters - Multi-billion dollar tunnel projects in both Sydney and Melbourne have created demand for both cut and cover and TBM tunnelling experts.
Bridge/Highway Engineers - Major transport projects across the country have fuelled a need for Structural Engineers with significant experience in bridge design as well as Highway Engineers proficient in Microstation/Inroads or MX.
In New South Wales a significant number of new jobs are being created as major infrastructure and building projects get under way. West Connex, North Connex, NW Rail Link and the housing boom are stimulating the consulting and construction markets, leading to a return to market conditions not seen since 2010. However employers are still being selective in their hiring, preferring candidates with proven experience on local projects.
Due to the impending Local Government reform in Western Australia, there is an ongoing requirement for civil engineering professionals with Local Government backgrounds to undertake a range of contract roles. Candidates in demand include Engineering Technical Officers, Civil Designers and Project Managers.
In Queensland there has been an increase in contract opportunities and staff requirements in structural design and building services areas. This is due to growth in the construction of multi-residential and mixed use developments across the south east of the state.
Also, there has been a rise in subdivision work due to the recovery of the residential real estate and property development industries and the push for growth in areas outside of the CBD. Employers continue to demand Engineers with RPEQ qualifications across all sectors in the state.
Demand from most consultancies in South Australia is slowly returning. Across the public sector, demand for temporary staff has increased and we expect to see more needs for Civil Engineers in the months ahead.
The market in Canberra is also showing signs of improvement with both temporary and permanent candidates sought. Temporary roles are the result of team restructuring while permanent roles are being created so that consultancies can focus on developing expertise.
Victoria has seen a slight increase in permanent vacancy activity as business confidence in the engineering sector starts to return. Major road infrastructure projects, such as the East-West link and Tulla widening, in addition to an increase in residential and commercial high-rise development, are fuelling this vacancy activity.