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Trades & Labour

July – September 2016


We are seeing a healthy pipeline of work in construction, especially in retail, aged care and education. Demand has increased for experienced concrete trades such as Form Work Carpenters, Concreters and Concrete Patchers, especially those with high rise building experience.

Temporary assignments remain the focus in this market, although we do see occasional permanent roles. Strong candidates who prove themselves in a temporary role can also be offered a permanent role, although this temporary-to-permanent trend is not widely common.

We expect the need for labour will increase towards the end of the quarter.

Hotspots of demand

Carpenters remain the most sought after trade and this trend is not expected to change any time soon.

Formwork Carpenters are also needed as a number of new high rise developments come out of the ground. Experienced candidates are sought.

Experienced Commercial Concreters are also in demand, again to work on high rise developments.

Steel Fixers are sought too, although candidates who are not already employed are rare. As a result employers are looking interstate and even to New Zealand for skilled workers.

Experienced commercial tradespeople, including Plumbers, Electricians and Painter Decorators are also sought in response to new developments.

Good CW1 Labourers are also needed. Experienced and motivated individuals are in short supply.

Candidate trends

There are fewer good candidates available. Quality candidates are usually already working or are up-skilling themselves. However the number of apprentices is falling in many areas and this is a concern for the long-term future of the candidate pool.

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