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 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.
With Easter out of the way, we now have a clear run to Christmas for the industry. With a number of new project announcements and the award of further contracts at the Port of Melbourne & Melbourne Airport, we are continuing to see a pick-up in the level of activity in the industry. Additionally, water/wastewater project opportunities are presenting more regularly and the residential construction sector continues to rebound.
Companies are now starting to get more active in the pursuit of strategic business growth objectives and also hiring intentions are improving across the industry.
With the Victorian Infrastructure industry continuing to gather momentum, employers are gaining confidence in future workflow and beginning to invest in business infrastructure & staff. We are also beginning to see increasingly positive industry indicators on the commercial/residential construction sectors and with a focus by the state/federal governments on an infrastructure led economic recovery, we are optimistic on future levels of activity.
Some major projects that are currently in early construction or planning include;
The oversupply of foreman/supervisors in the marketplace seems to have eased with more projects coming out of the ground, but good project managers are in short supply. Salaries continue to remain pretty steady across the industry as market conditions slowly improve.
Attached is some information on a number of candidates currently seeking new employment opportunities and we would welcome further discussions with you on their backgrounds or to discuss any current/future staffing requirements.
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.