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Melbourne Applicant Market Update – Spring 2015

With Melbourne Cup fresh in our minds, we start the other great race – to the end of the year!

Early trends from the first half of the year have firmed up to the point where recruitment is closely tracking the breadth of projects that are spreading across most sectors – the first time in several years where this has been the case.

All of our chats with clients at the moment have a consistent theme – “we are having a break and then straight back into things in the New Year”. Great news that so many firms are confident of their workload heading into January, rather than as it has been in the past few years – waiting to see what February brings.

Activity in Architecture has seen demand from the multi residential and apartment sectors remain strong, however other areas across aged care, sports and education, mixed use, retail and hospitality are all coming together to drive recruitment very strongly. Added to this an increase in larger one off type projects that are mixed use of a commercial scale will hold demand for quality personnel at high levels into 2016. Biggest request for the year? Equal first for Architects and Technicians + Revit + apartment experience – not too many surprises in that one!

Activity in Interiors has also increased across the board this year. We are really excited to be sourcing key staff for some amazing boutique hospitality and retail projects, along with some very high end aged care, all mixed in with some smaller commercial workplace projects. Demand remains high for those with apartment exposure and we expect next years biggest trend will be for Interior Designers with hotel, apartment, bar and restaurant experience – oh and Revit please!

In terms of the roles we are seeing come in, there has been a broad range, however we can’t emphasise enough how important BIM skills have become, either Revit or ArchiCAD, and whilst AutoCAD roles still come through, the trend is still heavily towards BIM based software.

Increasingly we are working closely with a number of design practices who are strategically focusing on key recruitment roles to achieve the skills mix within their studio. This has created some very exciting roles, and you may have seen some of these featuring on our website in recent months – if you have missed these, it may be worth having a look at our Job Alerts function on our website.

We recently conducted a detailed survey across our client base with some great feedback being received. In addition to remuneration levels contained in the survey, we also heard some great comments that give an excellent insight into what clients think when they are recruiting. If we remove the word Revit from that list (that was at the top), then we see words such as “People Skills”, “Good Attitude”, “Efficiency” and “Relevant experience”, which underlines how important communication and a positive approach are when firms are recruiting. Our Rate and Salary Schedules for Architecture, Architectural Drafting and Interior Design were updated in July and are available via our website for those who missed them.

In terms of the roles we are seeing come in, there has been a broad range, however we can’t emphasise enough how important BIM skills have become, either Revit or ArchiCAD, and whilst AutoCAD roles still come through, the trend is still heavily towards BIM based software.

So as we race toward the end of 2015, all hands are on deck and we look forward to a positive start for 2016.

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