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Trades & Labour

July - September 2014

Hotspots

 

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

 

Mechanical Fitters – In our resources states mine sites have employed all the local resources and therefore there is a shortage of Mechanical Fitters for local contractors.

 

Boilermakers and Welders – In certain areas major resources projects have also secured all local Boilermakers and Welders. Interstate candidates can therefore secure roles.

 

Refrigeration Mechanics – There is a shortage of suitable candidates, particularly in the Northern Territory where salary is lower compared to other states.

 

Safety Officers - There is a shortage of candidates with this particular skill set.

 

Excavator Operators - Civil earthmoving companies are looking for multi-ticketed candidates with stable backgrounds.

 

Agi Truck Drivers - This is a very scarce area of expertise, and often candidates with this ticket are already working on big projects.

 

Leading Hands – These candidates are needed to oversee labourers and trades assistants. 

 

Skilled Construction Labourers – Demand exists for commercial construction labourers with extensive commercial exposure and tickets including forklift, working at heights and elevated work platform. We are also seeing a need for civil labourers with five or more years of experience, while good reliable candidates remain in short supply.

 

Trends

 

Contract and casual roles remain the focus of employers who are recruiting trades and labour. But they are looking for candidates with stable backgrounds as they intend to keep them on contract for a set period of time before offering them a permanent role. 

 

The candidate pool ebbs and flows. There will be an abundance of particular skills available when one stage of a major project is completed, but supply and demand changes as major projects progress through their various stages.

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