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.

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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.

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.

News

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.

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.

News:
* 6 Feb – (Vic) Stockland to commence construction on $4.6bn development (http://tinyurl.com/pqtptgw)
* 7 Feb – (Qld) Government approves $3.8bn Brisbane Airport plan (http://tinyurl.com/nzwaadc)
* 9 Feb – (NSW) Sydney’s South West Rail Link Opened (http://tinyurl.com/pu3asly)
* 16 Feb – (Vic) Melbourne Metro Rail Authority established (http://tinyurl.com/q9zsfvn)
* 17 Feb – (Vic) $30m committed to Stage 1 of Murray Basin Rail Project (http://tinyurl.com/nul6pb2)
* 18 Feb – (Vic) $100m announcement for Flinders Street Station (http://tinyurl.com/on7r75p)
* 20 Feb – (Vic) $24m Rural Roads Funding announcement (http://tinyurl.com/poour4g)
* 25 Feb – (Vic) EOI’s closed for West Gate Distributor Northern Section (http://tinyurl.com/qzn6pd7)

Contracts:
* 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

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 – http://tinyurl.com/meeyfvh  
  • 23 June – Two Bidders shortlisted for East-West – http://tinyurl.com/o6o7jdl
  • 20 June – Drug & Alcohol testing to be enforced on sites – http://tinyurl.com/nc23xoz  
  • 19 June – Investigation into adding another lane to Monash – http://tinyurl.com/khe4m5w  
  • 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