Employment demand for trades people rises

Employment demand: Construction jobs on the rise
Employment demand: Construction jobs on the rise

Employment demand: Levels of employment within the building and construction sector in Australia have smashed another record high as the unprecedented boom in new build activity drives demand for building professionals and tradespeople.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, the overall number of people employed throughout the construction sector rose by a whopping 13,100 over the three months to May to come in at 1.081 million – -48,200 above the same period last year and up by a whopping 101,600 compared to the previous corresponding period two years earlier as reported by Andrew Heaton.

Construction services (architecture, engineering, building surveying etc.) and building construction have been the big winners, with around 60,000 jobs having been added in the former category over the past two years and around 40,000 having been added in the latter.

Employment demand and supply in construction

Headcount numbers are easing back within the civil construction sector notwithstanding substantial levels of infrastructure investment taking place in eastern states.

In terms of states, meanwhile, almost all of the growth is coming out of Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, which have put on more than 65,000 workers between them over the past twelve months.

The latest data comes as record levels of new housing and apartment building activity as well as strong levels of infrastructure investment drives demand for skilled workers and professionals throughout design and construction in east coast markets.

In terms of design, recruitment outfit Hays says demand is strong for CAD drafters, design managers, senior project architects, senior design architects, architecture graduates and interior design professionals as well as civil and structural engineers and Revit Modellers.

From a construction perspective, Hays says demand is red hot for project managers, site managers, site administrators and contract administrators at the professional level as well as for carpenters, electricians, plumbers, sheet metal workers and general labourers. To read more click here.

Employment demand and supply will be discussed at The 2016 Australian Long-Term Unemployment Conference; Finding Solutions will be held on the 1-2 December 2016, at the Mercure in Brisbane. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE. The conference theme focuses on industry working together with employment agencies to create positive outcomes for Australia’s long-term unemployed.

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