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Manufacturing & Operations

April - June 2015

With tight deadlines increasing the demand for highly skilled blue collar workers on temporary assignments, the majority of recruitment has come from suppliers to the building and construction industries.

There is an increasing requirement for white collar candidates with a dual trade background, particularly for Production and Maintenance Managers. The need for a dual trade background is part of companies’ ongoing cost saving measures. Those employees that are able to improve production efficiency are also highly sought after.

In South Australia, tier two and three suppliers to Holden are looking at ways to diversify their business in the next two years due to the announced closure of the Holden manufacturing plant. Until they have secured new business, hiring activity is currently based on a like-for-like hire or the merging of two positions. Wherever possible clients are utilising temporary staff or taking on employees in a contract capacity.

In terms of skills in demand for the April – June 2015 quarter, we’re seeing a high demand for workshop-based Laggers who can help firms achieve construction project deadlines. Laggers apply insulation using a variety of materials including fibreglass, felt and asbestos to pipes, generators, ducting and other devices.

Pipe Fitters are also needed for defence projects as candidates are being tempted interstate to resource roles with higher salaries.

Highly skilled Maintenance Fitters who are willing to be based in workshops in Adelaide, rather than being FIFO workers, are also in demand.

Due to the closure of some mine sites, redundancies are being made in the mining industry in South Australia. Candidates that have previously commanded high FIFO salaries are now adapting their search requirements. Instead of taking short term, high dollar roles they are now seeking long term roles within stable organisations.


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