Maintenance Managers – There is a short supply of good quality candidates as the majority of trade-qualified candidates are from a construction, not a maintenance background. Demand for candidates with a trade background is especially high for regional and remote roles.
Facilities Managers – As assets undergo technical and maintenance upgrades, Mechanical Facilities Managers with NV2 clearance and extensive knowledge of projects and facilities are in demand. Candidates with previous CBD commercial experience are also sought after to fill temporary roles.
Cleaning Managers – Due to ongoing staff turnover and contract changes in the cleaning industry demand is high for Senior Managers. Roles include Area Managers, Operations Managers and Client Service Managers. We are also seeing a need for talent at the supervisory level from SMEs.
HVAC Technicians – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technicians with high level government clearances are in short supply.
Project and Technical Officers – There is a shortage of Government Project and Technical Officers at APS5/6 level with the correct skill sets and backgrounds.
Qualified Chefs –There is a shortage of suitably qualified Chefs who are willing to travel to remote sites for designated periods. This is especially true for temporary roles.
Public sector temporary recruitment is becoming more active in Canberra. Departments are using recruiters to introduce candidates on temporary contracts. A number of large government contracts are expected to be announced this year which should see an increase in opportunities in the ACT.
In Victoria, government defence contracts are expected to create new roles early this year. Meanwhile, tried and tested temporary staff are securing longer term employment as
there is more positivity in the market.
In Western Australia temporary roles remain the focus of public sector facilities management teams. As the state election approaches and local government reform is implemented, the public sector will continue to seek temporary staff. Investment in hospitals and building upgrades will ensure that health remains a growth area. There has however been a swing in the market towards permanent recruitment due to companies expanding their service departments.