Across facilities management we continue to see an increase in temporary roles and fixed-term contracts in the white-collar space, with less permanent positions on offer.
In the public sector, employers are showing a strong preference for hiring temporary staff over permanent also. Public sector organisations are also taking their time making hiring decisions and as a result are losing out on good candidates.
Skills in demand
Project Managers with architecture or engineering qualifications, Relocation Project Managers and Space Planners are needed as organisations upgrade existing portfolios of properties and require temporary candidates to project manage this work. Space Planners and Relocations Managers are responsible for the forward planning of the workspace while projects take place and to oversee moving work.
Service Coordinators are in demand due to the expanding construction and facilities market throughout Victoria. This has resulted in increased sites and demand for professionals to coordinate contractors and maintenance to rectify issues. Furthermore, organisations are starting to adopt a more centralised approach whereby maintenance requests are filtered through one site that organises the appropriate personnel to attend to the issues.
Candidates are more open to contract and temporary opportunities as fewer permanent roles are available. However a lot of candidates have unrealistic salary expectations that we need to manage and bring in line with the current market.