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Trades & Labour

April - June 2014

Hotspots

 

Telecommunications RiggersGood candidates are in demand as large telecommunications companies continue with their aggressive 4G rollout across the country.   

 

Formwork Carpenters, Concreters and Steel Fixers – Due to the amount of structure under construction for large commercial projects, formwork carpenters, concreters and steel fixers are in high demand.  This demand will be ongoing for the foreseeable future as more large commercial projects come on line.

 

Shop Fitting / Fit-Out Carpenters - There are a large number of refurbishment projects currently underway. Given the sheer size of the commercial projects nearing completion, these candidates are in high demand.

 

Construction Electricians - A number of projects are at installation stage and require Construction Electricians.

 

Skilled Civil Labourers – The continued development of the civil market is creating high demand for civil candidates with five or more years of experience.

 

Ticketed Construction Labourers – Demand exists for commercial construction labourers with extensive commercial exposure and tickets including forklift, working at heights and elevated work platform.

 

Concrete Labourers – We are also seeing a need for candidates with exposure to commercial concreting, including precast and ultrafloor systems. Due to the growth in commercial construction and the use of precast systems, skilled concrete labourers are sought.

 

Pipe Layers - Several large civil upgrades require experienced pipe layers and fitters. As this is a specialised trade, candidates are limited in the market.

 

Storespersons – There is a shortage of quality storepersons.

 

Maintenance Electricians – We are seeing high demand for FIFO electricians who can work on mining camps.

 

FIFO Refrigeration Mechanics - Again the need is for candidates willing to perform maintenance work in mining camps.

 

Head Chefs, Chefs and Kitchen Hands – Catering companies have a high demand for these candidates to work on remote mine sites.

 

Cleaners and Security Officers – Again, such utilities staff are needed across remote mine sties for FIFO roles.

 

Trends

 

Temporary labour hire vacancies are increasing as more projects go live. Several upcoming large commercial construction projects will also commence this quarter, which will drive more activity within the commercial market.

 

We continue to see a definite preference towards recruiting on a temporary and contract basis within the construction industry, since organisations constantly work with fluctuating workloads. Project delays, ramp ups and new project wins place unique pressure on organisations within this sector.

 

The demand for labour hire candidates is becoming more technical as trades such as Concreters, Formworkers, Steel Fixers and Bricklayers are increasingly sought after. Labourers who have experience within the commercial construction sector are also highly regarded, especially those with industry tickets and qualifications.

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