We are seeing an increase in temporary roles and fixed term contracts in white-collar facilities management.
We are also seeing senior facilities management roles moving from in-house to Corporate Real Estate (CRE) roles.
In the public sector, employers are showing a strong preference for hiring temporary staff over permanent. Public sector organisations are also taking their time making hiring decisions and as a result are potentially missing out on good candidates.
Local government employers also prefer to employ candidates on a temporary basis including creating longer term contracts to provide ample time to assess a candidate.
Skills in demand
Senior Facilities Managers are in strong demand but short supply. Also needed are Technical Facilities Managers from an electrical/mechanical background with solid knowledge of building operations.
Facilities Coordinators with office-based skills are highly employable to work as all-rounders.
We are also seeing recruitment activity for Project Managers with architecture qualifications, Relocation Project Managers and Space Planners. These skills are in demand because organisations are upgrading existing portfolios of properties and require temporary candidates to project manage this work. Space Planners/Relocations Managers are responsible for the forward planning of the workspace while projects take place and to overseeing moving work.
The seasonal demands and hot weather this quarter will see continued demand for civil maintenance candidates, particularly for local government contracts. Horticulture specialists and Gardeners are also needed for fire season preparation projects along with air conditioning positions.
In a localised trend, Western Australia needs Hospital Engineers and Facilities Managers with hospital experience to work at a number of new hospitals. Candidate tenure appears to be much higher in this sector than in other sectors and this lack of movement is exacerbating the candidate shortage.
Employers in Western Australia also require trade qualified Retail Facilities Managers for replacement roles as a number of professionals look to join the commercial sector. Candidates with retail experience are therefore becoming harder to find.
Facilities Managers with aged care experience are in short supply in Western Australia too. This is a growing market and there are few candidates with experience in this highly legislated sector.
Candidates in Western Australia are more open to contract and temporary opportunities as far fewer permanent roles are available.
However, in other markets candidates are becoming more selective about the roles they will consider and the organisations they join. Immediately available candidates are decreasing as many would rather take a temporary role or not work at all while they wait for the right role to become available.