New trades and labour jobs will be created, but there is still uncertainly among many contractors about what site they will be working on next as many construction projects have yet to be confirmed. Due to the recent lack of construction activity there have been many candidates available.
Many employers are seeking versatile candidates to perform multiple tasks at hand. For example, asking for labourers that have multiple tickets and exposure to various construction tasks so that they can be utilised throughout the project and not just a specific task. A candidate that has a broad range of skills is more enticing than a candidate that has only been exposed to one or two duties/tasks.
Employers are interested in hiring temporary staff with the intention of offering a permanent role. People with proven experience and a stable work background are in demand.
The ACT hasn’t recently had the volume of construction projects required to drive a busy labour hire market, though this is quickly changing. Some big projects are now commencing and we expect this to drive local contractors’ activity on site, potentially creating a need for casual labour hire.
In terms of skills in demand for the April – June 2015 quarter, we’re seeing a high demand for skilled Commercial Construction Labourers. As employers are seeking value for money, the more skills a candidate has, the easier it is to get approval to spend money on labour hire.
Plumbers are also highly sought as many sites are at first stage fit off and are cautious of program schedules. Therefore companies would rather employ extra staff at the start of the build to ensure they do not fall behind mid-build.
In addition, all round Civil Labourers who have tickets for operating and are also versatile on site are in demand.
In terms of candidate trends, many candidates are very active pursuing permanent work as people want stability in their workplace.