March 2017 – Infrastructure Update

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 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 –
25 May – First Civil Project for tender for West Sydney Airport –
22 May – Help for Vic Infrastructure Planning –
20 May – Women in Engineering – Award Nominations Open –
13 May – CCF Release 2015 Budget Response –
11 May – Infrastructure Victoria Established –
1 May – Preferred Delivery Partner for $4.3bn Pacific Hwy upgrade –

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

February 2015 – Infrastructure Update

Activity in Australia’s Civil Construction continues to strengthen across markets, but is being impacted heavily by change of governments in Vic/Qld and the upcoming NSW state Election (28 March 2015). The industry is seeing a strong pipeline of future projects but continues to cry out for consistency/commitment to projects as evidenced by the continual discussions around the East West Link in Melbourne.

Talent Associates are seeing continual increases for demand for Project Managers, Project Engineers and Foreman, with NSW becoming a hot spot and Victoria’s 2nd to 4th tier contractors beginning to get a lot busier. We haven’t seen too much salary pressure as yet but expect this to occur in the second half of 2015 as demand rises across states to secure talented individuals. We are also having a lot of companies engaging us to undertake search assignments for difficult to fill roles, succession planning activities and strategic hires.

Please find below a summary of some news that you may find interesting and some contracts that have been awarded in February.

If you are interested in any of the profiles attached or have any requirements you would like to discuss with us further, please don’t hesitate to give Talent Associates a call.

* 6 Feb – (Vic) Stockland to commence construction on $4.6bn development (
* 7 Feb – (Qld) Government approves $3.8bn Brisbane Airport plan (
* 9 Feb – (NSW) Sydney’s South West Rail Link Opened (
* 16 Feb – (Vic) Melbourne Metro Rail Authority established (
* 17 Feb – (Vic) $30m committed to Stage 1 of Murray Basin Rail Project (
* 18 Feb – (Vic) $100m announcement for Flinders Street Station (
* 20 Feb – (Vic) $24m Rural Roads Funding announcement (
* 25 Feb – (Vic) EOI’s closed for West Gate Distributor Northern Section (

* 2 Feb – (NSW) $2.6bn, Lend Lease, NorthConnex – nine kilometre twin tunnel link, M1 to M2
* 2 Feb – (Vic) $1m, SMB Civil, Road Safety Barrier Installation Works Morwell
* 5 Feb – (Vic) $1.73m, Services South East, Road Safety Improvement Works Murray Valley Highway
* 6 Feb – (Vic) $1.3m, Bitu-Mill (civil), Pavement rehabilitation/stabilisation McIvor Highway
* 11 Feb – (Vic) $1.67m, Enoch Civil, Traffic Signal Installation Princes Highway Dennington
* 11 Feb – (Vic) $3.88m, Services South East, Pavement rehabilitation on South Gippsland Highway
* 12 Feb – (NSW) $100m, BMD, Stage 1, Bringelly Road upgrade project
* 16 Feb – (QLD) $110m, Seymour Whyte, 5.7km duplication of Warrego Highway near Toowoomba 17 Feb – (Vic) $6.3m, Negri Contractors, Transport Network Improvements East Werribee
* 18 Feb – (Vic) $1.89m, ReCivil, Pavement Rehabilitation Calder Highway and Heathcote-Rochester Rd
* 18 Feb – (Vic) $1.5m, Newnham Earthmoving, Pavement rehabilitation/stabilisation, Nth Region
* 26 Feb – (Vic) $1.9m, Downer Edi Works, Pavement Rehabilitation Henty Highway

September Infrastructure Update

September was a huge month for infrastructure!

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.

June Civil Construction News

June has been a relatively slow month for project announcements and awards; with most of the focus still being on bidding for upcoming projects. In fact Vic Roads have not awarded 1 construction project to any contractor officially in the month of June!…. But the good news is that July is looking like a bumper month as they look to defer the award of projects to the new financial year. 

In terms of major projects, we see construction activity continuing to increase at the Port of Melbourne with BMD and McConnell Dowell in particular having a large presence and plenty of work now pushing ahead at the airport with Downer, Fulton Hogan, Leighton’s, Civilex and Fortunato among those civil contractors represented. East-West link has been cut to two bidders with John Holland/Leighton’s out the running and project Zebra (Tulla expansion) well into its bidding period. 

From a recruitment perspective, experienced Project Managers remain the focus of many contractors particularly in specialist areas and contracts administrators remain highly sought after. Will the projected upswing in construction activity (2014/2015) fast approaching companies are also looking to put in place strategies to retain key staff as demand increases and this no doubt will also put inflationary pressure on salaries 

Recent News  

  • 24 June – Australia’s Top 100 Engineers announced –  
  • 23 June – Two Bidders shortlisted for East-West –
  • 20 June – Drug & Alcohol testing to be enforced on sites –  
  • 19 June – Investigation into adding another lane to Monash –  
  • 18 June – Balfour Beatty announce plans to staff to pull-out of Australia 
  • 16 June – $25m, Demonstration Plant, Latrobe Valley, Shanghai Electric Australia Power & Energy 


May Civil Construction News

May has been a huge month with plenty of announcements for major future projects, with a huge investment looking into Victoria’s infrastructure network across rail, roads, tunnels, land development, ports and airports. The future is looking very good.

The industry whilst looking very positive moving forward is still a case of the haves and have not’s with many companies tendering hard to secure additional works and others travelling along very well with recently secured projects. Fast forward 6 months and with the East-West Link, Rail Grade Separations, Rail and Tulla Widening all underway, hopefully will most contractors having full work books.

From an industry staffing perspective, Project Managers with proven delivery backgrounds and longevity in their employment continue to remain the most in demand people, closely followed by estimators and engineers with strong utility construction experience. We are also beginning to see many more Civil Contractors looking to engage experienced contracts & commercial candidates as they look to beef up their risk management and maximise project financial outcomes.

Recent Project News

Some Recent Contracts Awards

  • 23 May – $768k, Emergency repair works, Fish Creek-Foster Road – Fulton Hogan Industries
  • 9 May – $1.44m, rock revetment, San Remo – Services South East
  • 6 May – $1.92m, Road Works Baxter-Tooradin Road – Winslow Constructors
  • 2 May – International Container Terminal Services announced as winning bidder to operate Melbourne’s 3rd container port at Webb Dock –