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Manufacturing & Operations

October – December 2014

Hotspots

Maintenance Supervisors – Demand is high for Maintenance Supervisors across the manufacturing sector, particularly for candidates with recent experience on the tools.

Production Supervisors – High level Supervisors who can be hands-on whilst also managing the day-to-day functions of teams are sought after.

Hydraulic Fitters – Candidates with experience outside of the automotive sector are sought in the defence sector, where requirements for Fitters remain high and salaries are competitive.

Project Engineers – Skilled Project Engineers with dual trades who can sit between the maintenance and engineering teams are in demand as they can assist with improving project efficiency.

Diesel Mechanics – As candidates are increasingly heading to the mining sector, workshop based Diesel Mechanics are in demand.

Quality Auditors – Auditors within the automotive sector are in demand as skilled workers in the manufacturing industry are trying to switch to new roles ahead of the closure of plants in 2017.

Trends

In the automotive sector we are seeing an increase in contract roles. Companies are offering the option of permanent or contract positions to try and secure the right people. The majority of employers are still being very specific when they are filling a role, often requesting exact industry experience.

We are seeing an increase in demand for candidates in the FMCG market for both lower to middle management roles. There is also a need for maintenance team members who can improve production efficiency. Across equipment and fabrication there has been a gradual increase in demand for Project Engineers, however salaries have decreased significantly.
 

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