February Infrastructure Update

The Civil Construction is beginning to hit it’s straps with Victoria and NSW leading the charge! However, with plenty of activity in the marketplace’s pressure on risk management, staff attraction/retention and business financial performance has never been greater.

Is it critical that employer’s dedicate the right level of due diligence in the recruitment process to ensure that the focus is not on getting a bum in the seat but rather on securing the right level of talent for the business. With current conditions only projected to get tighter, this pressure is only going to increase. Achieving the balance of needs vs. skill is going to be key for success.

Since Australia Day, Talent Associates have seen a huge increase in vacancies and recruitment activity in the Civil Construction industry. There are good people out there who are entering the marketplaces from interstate and overseas and also other’s who are disenchanted with their current arrangements. In particular proven project managers, commercial managers, project engineers and estimators are highly sought currently. In addition, strong operations managers with both soft skills and commercial skills are highly in demand.

Talent Associates have supported the Civil Construction industry for over 20 years and we remain committed to partnering with the industry to ensure that you receive a knowledgeable, ethical and dedicated recruitment service. We now provide contract staff on hourly, daily or weekly rates (with unlimited capability), executive search and permanent recruitment services.


July Infrastructure Talent Update

The Infrastructure construction industry is going gangbusters across Australia with talent quickly becoming scarce and salaries on a skyward trajectory. With the wave only just beginning, the industry is very upbeat and with the tier 1 contractors (for most part) with plenty of work on the books, the future looks bright for all tiers of operators within the industry.

In terms of demand for staff, you can almost throw a blanket over most roles at all levels, but Project Manager’s with a strong track record in delivery remain the hottest of commodities as companies look for safe hands to deliver key projects. Companies now not only need to be conscious of recruiting new talent to their business but as hiring activity has ramped up by most sectors of the marketplace, they need to lock in their key performers.

On the project front, the mega projects are now getting even bigger with one example being West Connex, where the Baird government are now planning an extra tunnel for the $16.8 Bn project! http://tinyurl.com/jgljcfd .

As the infrastructure industry continues to gather momentum across Australia, never has there been a more important time to recruit the right people to make the most of project opportunities and to ensure the company culture you have is the right one. Talent Associates have been a trusted partner for in excess of 17 years for the industry and are committed to securing high level talent for our clients not just putting bums on seats.

We would love to hear from you to hear about your requirements and what we can do to assist you.

March 2015 Infrastructure & Talent Update

The Australian Infrastructure Industry is now moving ahead, with huge projects underway in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. Employers are rapidly gaining confidence in the marketplace and their future pipeline of works, leading to hiring intentions rapidly improving across the board, with experienced Project Managers and supervisors the most in demand.

In more positive news for the industry BIS Shrapnel’s Road Construction in Australia 2015 to 2030 report recently released detailed mapping of major projects, as well as projections for subdivisions, local roads, access roads and road construction will be one of the strongest growth markets in the Australian construction industry over the next three years, with the value of activity forecast to rise over 30% in real terms.

We see not only the award of new contracts but other mega projects such as the Western Distributor (Vic), the Logan Motorway Upgrade (Qld), Melbourne Metro Tunnel (Vic), Sydney’s 2nd Airport (NSW) and Northern Connector (SA) are being progressed.

Some recent project announcements include;

  • $350m Monash Widening in Melbourne shortlisted to three bidders;
  • WestConnex twin tunnels ground broken;
  • Melbourne Metro Early Works Package shortlisted to three bidders;
  • Parramatta light rail project moves one step closer;
  • Lal Lal Resevoir Hydro-Electric Project awarded to Tamar Hydro
  • Mernda Rail project EOI released in Vic;
  • Canberra light rail contract awarded
  • NRW Holdings announced as preferred bidder for $2bnForrestfield-Airport Rail Link 
  • Gold Coast light rail project shortlisted to three bidders;
  • The $1.8bn CD9 Contract preferred contractor announced;

Talent Associates continue to be at the forefront of the Australian Infrastructure industry with our knowledge of the marketplace and our industry connections ensuring a high quality service.

December Infrastructure Update

Summer 2015 arrives with sunshine, optimism and excitement for the national infrastructure construction sector. Congratulations to the recent CCF Earth Award recipients with many exceptional entrants from around Australia. Activity in the infrastructure sector is really starting to heat up with many states having major projects under construction and in planning/bid stage including;

  • Victoria: Level crossing removal program, $10bn+ Melbourne Metro Tunnel, $1.2bn Tulla Widening, $1bn + CD9 project and the $4bn + Western Distributor.
  • South Australia: $450m Darlington, $185m+ O-Bahn and EOI currently for the $985m Northern Connector.
  • Tasmania: TasWater & TasRail now starting to spend. $120m Tasmanian Freight Line Upgrade.
  • NSW: West Connex, North West Rail Upgrade and a huge investment in rail & road projects with too many to list!
  • QLD: QGC further $1.7bn investment in LNG, $650m Kingsford Smith Drive, $1.6bn Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC) and $1.13bn Caloundra to Sunshine Motorway.

Talent Associates recently attended the AusRail Conference & Exhibition held in Melbourne, which was the largest gathering of rail organisations and decision makers ever assembled in Australasia with over 400 exhibitors, 90 technical forums and in excess of 1,000 delegates. The rail industry in Australia is looking very exciting over the next 10 years.

Talent Associates are seeing a huge increase in demand for high quality staff, with many of our clients having strong work books and predicting big things in 2016. Project Managers continue to be in very high demand as are high quality forepersons/supervisors.

June Infrastructure Update

June has been an interesting month for the Civil Construction industry with major projects now awarded in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in the past 8 weeks. These projects are going to be major sources of work for many companies including subcontractors and suppliers. Companies are now mobilising delivery teams, so the employment marketplace is becoming more fluid.

Talent Associates is witnessing a major upswing in activity in hiring intentions amongst employers, with companies now willing to engage staff quicker then has been for the last 2 years and we have also experienced a large increase in people looking for alternative roles. This increase in active/passive candidates in the marketplace has been across most skill levels, with many looking to return to their states of upbringing or former residence.

Please see below for some updated industry news and attached some profiles of candidates whom Talent Associates are currently working with;

Industry News & Projects:

  • New underground railway station at Barangaroo as part of Sydney Metro
  • More than $16 billion for transport upgrades in NSW 2015-16 Budget
  • Leighton Contractors named as preferred contractor for level crossing removals in Blackburn, Mitcham and St Albans
  • NSW Budget provides $1bn for ‘simpler planning and better infrastructure’
  • Industry briefing held for Stage 2 of the Sydney Metro project
  • $1.162b D&C contract awarded to Lend Lease for Gateway Upgrade North project in Brisbane
  • Contract officially awarded to Pacific Complete Consortium for $4.3bn Pacific Highway upgrade project

May Infrastructure Update

We are witnessing a project transition in the national Civil Construction industry, as most states now have major projects under way or close to commencing. Talent has been readily available over the last few years but we are witnessing an industry shift to scarcity, particularly with companies continuing to beef up their management roles (PM and above).

Project Managers seem to be the hot commodity in the marketplace at the moment. Not those people who have done a bit here and there but those proven performers who can hit the ground running, have managed self-performed works and have a proven track record of project profitability.

Salaries have maintained their positions but as more and more projects start to be awarded/come out of the ground, then we envisage that there will be significant increases across the industry.

Talent Associates remain committed to working with the Australian Civil Construction industry in partnership to deliver high value recruitment and HR Services.


28 May – AV Jennings acquire $350m infill project in Vic – http://tinyurl.com/py4kdwv
25 May – First Civil Project for tender for West Sydney Airport – http://tinyurl.com/or7fohc
22 May – Help for Vic Infrastructure Planning – http://tinyurl.com/o2ksf5w
20 May – Women in Engineering – Award Nominations Open – http://tinyurl.com/o2abvwg
13 May – CCF Release 2015 Budget Response – http://tinyurl.com/o3jpsj8
11 May – Infrastructure Victoria Established – http://tinyurl.com/pxl6z2m
1 May – Preferred Delivery Partner for $4.3bn Pacific Hwy upgrade – http://tinyurl.com/nobmhfe

Projects Awarded

25 May – $2.44m, Sneydes Road, Vic – RECivil
19 May – $524m, 4 Level Crossing Removals, Vic – John Holland
8 May – $777k, Waverley Road, Vic – Bitu-Mill (Civil)
8 May – $1.33m, Sunbury Riddells Creek Road, Vic – Patten Pavement Services
4 May – $570m, Tulla Sydney Citylink Widening – Leighton Contractors

29 April – $896m – Torrens to Torrens, SA – Leighton Contractors & York Civil JV

The 50 Most Common Interview Questions.

Interviews can be stressful; but just like any test or evaluation, you can prepare yourself for success or fly by the seat of your pants. The employment marketplace is very tight in Australia at the moment, so Talent Associates suggest that you make every effort to fully prepare for an interview by thoroughly researching the business, and interviewers and what questions they might ask you at an interview.

When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation for the interview determines your chances of making it to the next step. One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview is to practice your responses to potential interview questions so you can adequately plan your responses. Remember you only get one chance to make a first impression!

Most Common Interview Questions

  1. What are your strengths?
  2. What are your weaknesses?
  3. Why are you interested in working for us?
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
  5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
  6. Why was there a gap in your employment history?
  7. What can you offer us that someone else can not?
  8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
  9. Are you willing to relocate?
  10. Are you willing to travel?
  11. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  12. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  13. What is your dream job?
  14. How did you hear about this position?
  15. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
  16. Discuss your resume.
  17. Discuss your educational background.
  18. Describe yourself.
  19. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
  20. Why should we hire you?
  21. Why are you looking for a new job?
  22. Would you work holidays/weekends?
  23. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
  24. What are your salary requirements?
  25. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
  26. Who are our competitors?
  27. What was your biggest failure?
  28. What motivates you?
  29. What’s your availability?
  30. Who’s your mentor?
  31. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
  32. How do you handle pressure?
  33. What is the name of our CEO?
  34. What are your career goals?
  35. What gets you up in the morning?
  36. What would your direct reports say about you?
  37. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
  38. If I called your boss right now and asked him what is an area that you could improve on, what would he say?
  39. Are you a leader or a follower?
  40. What was the last book you’ve read for fun?
  41. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
  42. What are your hobbies?
  43. What is your favorite website?
  44. What makes you uncomfortable?
  45. What are some of your leadership experiences?
  46. How would you fire someone?
  47. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
  48. Would you work 40+ hours a week?
  49. What questions haven’t I asked you?
  50. What questions do you have for me?

In addition to questions commonly asked during a job interview, many unexpected and downright bizarre questions may also be asked, so best be prepared.