Skilled Labourers – Employers need Labourers with a minimum of five years experience on large commercial sites and a cross trade background, such as carpentry, demolition and concreting.
Concreters – Experience with commercial precast slab installs and patching experience is a distinct advantage for Concreters. Due to the increase in precast panelling systems the demand for qualified patch work renderers with commercial experience has increased.
Civil Operators – With extensive civil construction underway in many areas, there has been an increase in demand for ticketed and experienced operators across all aspects of civil.
Electricians – There is still a demand for Electricians for specific projects but employers prefer temporary roles for workforce flexibility.
Telecommunications Riggers – While not a huge requirement, Riggers are needed and companies will pay good money to an experienced candidate. Telecommunications companies are expected to upgrade their infrastructure more often in the future, creating more work and more jobs.
Building Management Services Controls Technicians – There is a lack of experienced professionals in this field, with most applicants coming from overseas to fill the roles.
There are candidates that have elements of the skills needed but often they fail to tick all the boxes.
Experienced Drainers – Drainers with Atco gas and PVC pipe laying accreditations are in demand.
Steel Fixers with post tensioning experience – Due to an increase in construction projects, there are fewer available people.
Bricklayers – With an increase in residential construction there is now a shortage of people with these skills on the market.
A tightening market is contributing to a lot of contractors working with each other, rather than against each other to retain the staff they have.
Construction trades continue to recruit on a temporary basis for short-term projects. Some telecommunications companies are also creating temporary roles rather than permanent positions due to the lack of good quality people and to try before they offer a permanent role.