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.
The Infrastructure marketplace in Victoria is bustling with activity and opportunities. Major projects such as the Metro Tunnel, Westgate Tunnel, Southern Program Alliance and Melbourne’s third runway, continue to ramp up whilst new projects enter the fray. But when we dig deeper into the industry, we are in uncharted territory in terms of current works in hand and also upcoming projects.
The recent state budget offered just over $9 billion funding of projects, including $4.3bn for regional roads, $1.9bn for rail, $2.2bn for roads in North/South-East and $704m for regional transport projects.
The federal budget allocated a $7.8 billion dollars of funding for road and rail projects with highlights including injecting funds into North-East link and two new rail lines.
Never has the Infrastructure industry in Victoria looked so good, but the challenge for all, will be the acquisition of staff/labour, retaining existing staff and managing the major growth in salary packages. Already we are seeing huge increases in salary and scarcity of talent.
Having been at the forefront of the recruitment sector for infrastructure for 20 years, Talent Associates are very well positioned to keep you informed of new talent to the marketplace and keep you abreast of the latest trends. We partner with clients, don’t scatter-gun resumes and more importantly work with industry/employers/candidates to secure great outcomes.
What an amazing few months we have had in the Australian Civil Construction industry with huge announcements across Australia on major projects as our industry is about to crank up to yet another gear!
Demand for experienced personnel across the industry continues to grow with everyone from tier 1 majors to small family owned subcontractors all looking to take advantage of the upswing in activity and/or to service existing needs. We are starting to see significant pressures on salary levels across the market as companies compete for scarce resources and major projects ramp up their thirst for resources.
Just a sample of some industry news;
The Melbourne Metro Tunnel (Vic) – Preferred consortium for tunnel & stations announced being; Cross Yarra Partnership (Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital).
Westconnex M4-M5 Link (NSW) – $7.247bn, two consortium’s shortlisted for bid.
West Gate Tunnel (Vic) – Preferred consortium announced; headlined by John Holland and CPB Contractors.
Northern Gas Pipeline (NT) – Construction has commenced
Haughton River Floodplain Upgrade(QLD) – Shortlisted tenderers announced
Ballarat Rail Line Upgrade (Vic) – Lend Lease, Coleman Rail and SMEC named as the preferred bidder
Sydney Metro Tunnel (NSW) – John Holland, CPB and Ghella awarded contract
New South Wales – Committing up to $72.7b to infrastructure investments over the next 4 years.
Vic Country Rail – $1.52bn announced in Vic Country Rail project
Talent Associates continue to be at the forefront of the provision of recruitment services across the Civil Construction industry and provide a highly knowledge & ethical service to our clients. If we can assist with any recruitment requirements please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Civil Construction industry in Victoria continues to go from strength with most areas of the marketplace being extremely busy and also talent poor. Areas of the market that we are seeing the most demand for high quality candidates is across rail, roads, land development and commercial civil. The most in demand area’s for staff currently seem to be Site/Project Engineers and also Foreman/Supervisors.
In busy times, we encourage companies to stay vigilant in their background checking of prospective employees as we are seeing a lot of companies compromising on the level of talent they are employing to fill seats which in turn is hurting them with employee turnover and financial outcomes on projects. The industry is very busy but there are also quality people seeking new opportunities in the market.
In terms of major project activity across the country it is huge! Major works are due to begin on the $10.9bn Metro tunnel in April, the Turnbull government have announced a $2bn Upgrade of Snowy Hydro scheme, the $500 million 10-year Midland Highway Action Plan is now being fast-tracked in Tasmania, the $400 million Ipswich Motorway Upgrade from Rocklea to Darra Stage 1 has been shortlisted to two bidders, SA have announced have announced a $12.1 billion spend on infrastructure and the RFT for the $500m Ballarat Line upgrade has been announced. The $800m Northern Gas Pipeline in now back up for grabs, $400m has been approved for federal funding for the Mackay Ring Road, an EOI has hit the market for the next 7.9km section of M80 upgrade and the green light has been given for the $3bn Split Bridge tunnel in Sydney.
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
In Victoria, we had a $5.5bn contract for the East-West Link signed and NSW has seen the release of RMS’s forward work plan for 2014 – 2019, with the program including $2.8 billion for 2014 – 2015 but this is also supported by NSW Government’s record $7.8 billion infrastructure investment. In SA, the Southern Expressway is now fully operational (in both directions) and the $400m+ Torrens Road to River Torrens is currently out to tender.
In addition to this major investment into roads, we are saw huge investment into rail in both NSW and Victoria. Major projects are online in both states and others are very close to award, including; road/rail grade separations, light rail, rail tunnels and track infrastructure services.
We are expecting to see the climate really heat up in regards to demand for Engineers, Supervisors and Project Managers in particular over the next couple of months as projects start to ramp up. This is great news for all candidates seeking new opportunities in the infrastructure industry and also for employers who over the past 2 years have experienced some very challenging industry conditions.
Well after some positive signs in October, November really seems to have been the month where the positive economic indicators for the infrastructure construction industry are starting to bear some fruit.
With business conditions on the improve, confidence is returning to the infrastructure construction market; particularly from the tier 2-4 contractors. Across the industry companies are becoming increasingly busy tendering, have a much more positive outlook on what lies ahead in 2014 and are bringing new talent into their organisations.
In terms of demand for people, Project Managers are hot property at the moment, particularly those who have worked in self-performed work environments and/or have delivered Vic Roads projects. Our challenge is going to be in six months time to try and get back talent to Victoria who have moved interstate for work opportunities over the last 2/3 years when our marketplace has been suppressed.
On the project front, commercial building is gathering momentum, the land development sector is slowly coming to life, the airport have let contracts, the port are not far away from letting contracts and VicRoads are now becoming a lot more active. And, of course the East-West link and the Port of Hastings are on a lot of minds.
If we can assist you with any current recruitment requirements please let us know, as with many years proven experience in recruiting for the Victorian Infrastructure industry, we can connect you with high quality talent quickly.