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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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.

 

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.

Today Tonight Appearance – 3 June 2013

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Job hot spots.

June 3, 2013, 6:18 pm Lynda Kinkade Today Tonight

The Australian job market is suffering some huge losses and new data suggests where you live can determine your chances of finding work.

According to Adzuna, a search engine for classified ads, Darwin is a hot spot for jobs.

The Northern Territory city has been ranked the easiest place in Australia to find a job because there are more vacancies than there are unemployed people.

Brisbane and Sydney follow closely with an average of around two applicants per job.

Perth and Toowoomba have an average of three applicants per advertised job.

According to Adzuna’s data construction and finance are the top hiring sectors in the country, with over 130,000 jobs advertised this year.

The research also shows that Sydney is currently the toughest place to get a job in human resources or as a secretary.

In addition, regional cities are also struggling with employment. Bendigo in Victoria is rated as an employment black-spot with an average of 32 candidates applying for every job advertised.

This is followed by New South Wales towns of Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga and Lismore.

Melbourne leads the way for hospitality recruitment, while Alice Springs have high vacancies for teaching roles. Sydney is a hot spot for IT and sales positions, according to the data.

Recruitment specialist Leight Rowbottom, director of Talent Associates, says in order to get a job, often it’s a matter of walking in the door and asking to speak to a manager and putting your resume in front of them.

Contact:
Leight Rowbottom, Talent Associates – au.linkedin.com/in/leighrowbottom