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.
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.
The Southern Region infrastructure construction industry is starting to awaken from it’s slumber, with many new project opportunities on the horizon, particularly around water, port, airport and the mega East-West project. With these levels of increased project opportunities, now is the time to start examining business capability, whilst talent is available. We have seen a lot of the region’s talent move interstate over the last 2 years and the challenge is going to be, to get them back when we need them.
With over 14 years experience in the provision of recruitment services to the Civil Construction industry, Talent Associates are currently working with many candidates who are seeking their next career move. We are seeing strong availability for good foreman/supervisors but scarcity for good Project Managers and experienced estimators.
Each month, we will continue to give a snapshot to you on candidate availability, trends and remuneration information as the market place continues to recover.