Skilled Labourers – Employers need Labourers with a minimum of five years experience on large commercial sites and a cross trade background. Skills such as carpentry, demolition, concreting, traffic control and being able to operate elevated work platforms (EWP) are all in demand. Due to continuing cost restraints on site, employers demand maximum value for the salary offered.
Grader Operators – Due to the continuing growth and expansion of the residential market qualified and experienced Final Trim Operators are in demand.
Civil Operators – Qualified and competent Civil Operators with a proven work history are in demand due to the continuing growth in infrastructure development.
Concrete Pump Operators – Both mobile and fixed Concrete Pump Operators are in demand due to several sites starting to ramp up construction.
Civil Labourers – Candidates that have experience with pit and pipe are in demand if they have skills including relocation of services and mains, spotting plant and civil construction.
Glazier – Due to a large amount of projects that are nearing completion, glaziers are needed for these final stages of construction.
Formwork Carpenters – Many projects are nearing or at the stage of the grounds works being completed. Formwork Carpenters are needed to construct the structure.
Post Tensioners and Steelfixers – For the same reasons as Formwork Carpenters these professionals are in demand as projects start construction.
Labour is being hired and engaged at the last minute to help bring projects back up to speed. Hiring trends will depend on site progress and schedules in place.
The market has picked up with a lot of good candidates now in work. However roles are project specific, largely due to the EBA conditions, allowances and payments made to Union members when retrenching staff. These labour hire levels should stabilize after the initial few months of the year at levels seen at the start of 2013.