Australia’s FM market remains relatively busy. When they recruit, employers often look for tradespeople with a more varied skill set in addition to their respective trade certification.
Permanent roles have increased in Western Australia, although the recruitment process has lengthened and can now be as long as four or five interviews plus psychometric testing. In Victoria employers prefer to recruit on a temporary basis.
In the ACT the Federal Government’s hiring freeze has been lifted for most departments, which will lead to an increase in non-ongoing contracts. We expect to see opportunities within the facilities management and services industry due to increased demand for new corporate service providers across different departments.
Candidates who have limited Australian experience, but have worked in similar roles abroad, are being hired as many of their skills are transferable.
In terms of skills in demand for the July to September 2015 quarter, we’re seeing a high demand for Facilities Managers with experience in both the government and private sectors. Those with federal government clearances for short-term contracts are in particular demand Also Facilities Managers with hospital experience are needed due to the very small talent pool in this area.
Project Managers with strong architectural and contract management backgrounds are in particular demand, especially those with formal qualifications. Larger construction projects require Managers with more technical knowledge.
There is an ongoing shortage of experienced Building Surveyors as there haven’t been enough openings for graduates in recent years and so they have been unable to gain the experience necessary to become registered. We are also seeing a need for entry-level Building Managers who are trade qualified with experience in facilities management.
Trade Service Coordinators who specialise in plumbing and electrical are needed. We are also seeing demand for Maintenance Planners and Electrical Service Managers in Perth due to the small pool of candidates in the facilities management industry.
Public sector employers are asking for Capital Works Project Managers who have experience working in the private sector so that their skills can be utilised on government projects.