The trades and labour market is fairly active, with new jobs created as projects are won. Organisations are employing tradespeople in fulltime roles since the construction market is so buoyant that they see a prolonged amount of work and want to secure good people.
The market is very fast paced, and employers still typically require people who can start immediately.
Construction companies continue to seek local candidates, and prefer people with multiple tickets as they are more versatile for the duration of a build.
In terms of skills in demand for the July to September 2015 quarter, we’re seeing high demand for Labourers, Plumbers, Carpenters, Electricians and ticketed Labourers to complete projects. HVAC professionals are needed too. Strong reliable tradespeople are in high demand but short supply. As soon as they finish one project, they are quickly secured for the next, especially in the country’s busiest construction markets.
Maintenance staff are also required since companies are investing in their assets. However the construction boom is attracting the interest of a lot of candidates, and leaves a shortage of suitable maintenance staff.
In terms of candidate trends, a decrease in the allocation of labourers per job means that trades and labour are moving frequently from job to job.