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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May 2018 – Vic Infrastructure Update

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.

July 2017 Infrastructure Update

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
  • Murray Basin Rail Project (Vic) – McConnell Dowell & Martinus Rail preferred Contractor
  • 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.

 

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.

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

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 – 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