Polish your CVs, demand for construction work is on the rise

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A Seek report confirms what some have suspected – there ARE more employment opportunities for tradespeople and professionals in the construction industry…
You could be in luck, if you’re a surveyor, project manager or carpenter who’s looking for work.
This is the perfect time for tradespeople and professionals to apply for jobs in the building and construction sector. A steady stream of employment opportunities is flowing in, thanks to thriving conditions in the apartment building market.
Ads for tradespeople and professionals within the Australian building industry surged by 13 percent in October 2016, compared to the same time last year, according to the latest report by Seek, a job search website.
There’s growing demand for health and safety professionals (37 percent), machinery operators (33 percent) and contracts managers (30 percent). We’re also seeing more ads for project managers, managers, estimators, supervisors, planning and scheduling professionals, compared to October last year.
NSW, Victoria and QLD are in the lead, as the number of advertised positions in these states jumped by 16 percent, 15 percent and 19 percent respectively.
Recruitment agency Hays have also reported strong demand for carpenters, commercial concreters, steel fixers, plumbers, electricians and painters.
Experts are putting these impressive figures down to the surge in apartment building activity across Australia. The past financial year has seen the creation of 230 000 new dwellings – which has contributed to an additional 35 000 people being employed in the sector, according to ABS data.
And it seems this surge in construction opportunities is reflected on a global scale, according to a new report by Persistence Market Research.
It’s expected that infrastructure will be the biggest revenue generator for construction industries around the world, thanks to growing investment by governments, as well as public and private companies.
Infrastructure has been under the spotlight recently in Australia, with former Prime Minister Paul Keating calling for a boost in public infrastructure spending, because of its value to the economy. He supports the establishment of a public body that has the power to secure funding for big projects.
If this unfolds, it could create more jobs in the construction industry.