Following the end of the mining boom, there were concerns that many of Australia’s skilled workers would be out of work. However, the construction industry’s
boom has quickly picked up the mining industry’s slack, creating hundreds of jobs for both local and international skilled workers.
With demand increasing for commercial, apartment and residential construction across most Australian states, there is a need for construction professionals and tradespeople to fill hundreds of roles across the country as the economy changes from mining-dominated to services sectors.
According to several leading recruitment agencies, the eastern states lead the job charge, primarily due to an unprecedented housing boom, particularly across Sydney and Brisbane. This has also lead to high demand in the commercial sector, as new suburbs are being created quickly and require infrastructure at their core. Commercial fit outs are in particular demand at the moment.
South Australia has also seen a small construction boom centred in Adelaide, where the market continues to get busier over time.
All this is leading to endless opportunities for those who have the right skills to fill the demand. In particular, construction companies are after degree qualified contract administrators, project managers with apartment development experience and site managers with experience on high rise residential projects. There are also opportunities for commercial and residential estimators, forepersons, project engineers, civil designers and architects.
Town planners and interior designers are also seeing a small increase in demand, as are most trades, pending high rise building experience, and it’s likely to continue for quite some time.