Technical & Engineering Recruitment Market Commentary – July 2017

Both the past quarter and past year have been our strongest in engineering & technical recruitment for a long time. We’ve received a lot of incoming enquiry from clients looking to boost the talent within their teams. As always in technical recruitment, the roles are highly specialised and almost no two roles have the same requirements.  

Following are some more specific observations of some of the key engineering and technical markets in which we operate.   Continue reading

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Author Grantlee Kieza discussing “Was John Monash Australia’s Greatest Ever Engineer?”

Last night we hosted a room full of engineers at our offices listening to the author Grantlee Kieza discuss the subject “Was John Monash Australia’s Greatest Ever Engineer?” It was a fascinating discussion about how Monash applied his engineering skills to a make very significant contributions to our country.

 

 

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Technical & Engineering Recruitment Market Commentary – April 2017

The past quarter has generally been a strong one for us. We’ve experienced lots of demand for staff from new and existing clients and we are currently involved in the embryonic stages of some exciting projects which will provide opportunities for engineering & technical professionals. Having said that, we’ve noticed a slight dip in demand in the past few weeks. Clients have recently been slow to make hiring decisions – we suspect (hope) some of this is related to the Easter break. 

Following are more specific observations of some of the key engineering and technical markets in which we operate. 

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Was John Monash Australia’s Greatest Ever Engineer?

Author Stephen Noble, Managing Director, Australia Wide Personnel

I went to Monash University, I drive on the Monash Freeway and go through the City of Monash almost daily. Yet I had no idea who John Monash was, beyond a vague concept that he was a general.  Continue reading

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Technical & Engineering Recruitment Market Commentary – January 2017

In the past quarter we have experienced a marked increase in new enquiries across the board in engineering, especially for product design engineers, CAD drafters and software engineers. Requirements in the manufacturing sector are not as high but they are steady, particularly in the trades sector with many companies looking for fitters and electricians. We believe the new Melbourne underground rail system will have a huge requirement for engineering and trades talent, and will ramp up significantly from March this year.

We are very excited about the prospect of 2017 being a year of increased demand for professionals in all engineering / technical areas.  Continue reading

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Comments about the past 12 months of Australian Manufacturing

Author Stephen Noble

I’ve always felt that our company has been a reasonable bellwether of the health of manufacturing – I run a recruitment company called Australia Wide Personnel which has been a substantial supplier of both professional technical and blue collar labour hire staff to the manufacturing sector both Melbourne & Sydney, since 1979. If manufacturers have confidence and orders, they’re usually recruiting staff.

As we move close to Christmas, these are my observations about manufacturing over the past 12 months:

  • We have had the strongest demand for recruitment from manufacturers since the GFC.
  • All is not all lost with automotive – specialised automotive manufacturers, recreational vehicles and aftermarket suppliers have had strong requirements for staff.
  • We have been involved with staffing of a number of greenfield / brownfield sites over the past year and it’s been a long time since we’ve seen this type of investment being poured back into manufacturing.
  • We have seen a number of clients “re-shoring” their manufacturing operations back to Australia, after earlier offshoring. The payoff is reduced lead times and better quality.
  • The consistently low Australian dollar is assisting a range of our clients. Food & beverage and building materials related manufacturing is performing particularly well.

We are pretty confident that this strength in manufacturing will continue into 2017.

Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

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Technical & Engineering Recruitment Market Commentary – October 2016

Generally, the demand for the recruitment of engineering and technical professionals has been progressing quite well over the past quarter, without “jumping out of it’s skin.” Companies in most industry sectors appear to feel comfortable making investment decisions which will lead to hiring. Interestingly, a 117% increase in the coal price over just 3 months is expected to add 2% to national income over the current financial year, boost the federal budget by $7 billion and re-start wages growth – this is a significant event which should have positive implications for hiring across many industries in Australia. Continue reading

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Do we still need to import engineers? What are your thoughts?

Author Stephen Noble

A couple of weeks ago, the Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA) called on Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton to remove engineers from the Skilled Occupations List. They argue that the Government continues to allow companies to source engineers from overseas when thousands of Australian-based engineers struggle to find work – the government first needs to address underemployment of Australian graduates and overseas born engineers.

I run a long-established recruitment company specialising in the recruitment of engineers. There are areas where there are very severe shortages of engineers but often these shortages are only there because of the extremely narrow parameters which companies are willing to accept in the candidates they will consider.

I would largely support the stance taken by APEA. For many years now, graduates have had a really tough market in which to find their first engineering job. And too frequently we see resumes of overseas educated and trained engineers who have been in Australia for years and can’t get that first break. What happens when the large car companies stop manufacturing here soon – will employers have open minds to retraining and utilising some of the great experience they have? I do think that too often the employers of engineers (our clients) just want candidates with exactly the same skill set or experience as they require in their company. There doesn’t appear to be a huge level of interest or commitment to employing base skills, and then training the very specific stuff. I suspect that a large part of the answer is because there’s been a continual focus on reducing corporate costs since the GFC, and anyone coming into an organisation needs to be instantly productive. If the Australian government removes engineers from the Skilled Occupations List, should they concurrently introduce a 6 month training subsidy for the employer?

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Technical Recruitment on a different scale

Author Guenther Hartig

Check out the article below on the development of the Apple iCar.

Apple are recruiting a large number of engineering and software specialists to develop some new and revolutionary technologies to be included in their secretive development of a new type of car.

They are looking to hire talent from diverse backgrounds and on a global scale. If this development goes ahead thousands of professionals will be needed to deliver his project. Identifying and sourcing talent on this grand scale will be a challenge to the technical recruiters involved.

“How the Apple iCar could crack the automotive industry

by Greg Kable from autocar.co.uk

Tech giant Apple has ambitious – but secretive – plans to create a car which will revolutionise personal mobility

Billions of dollars in research operations, more than 1000 developers, mysterious workshops – the Apple iCar looks set to revolutionise personal mobility, bringing with it technologies that promise to alter the way we have traditionally used and perceived the car.

Behind a heavy veil of secrecy, it has now progressed to what insiders describe as committed project status. Autocar outlines the electric car every established automotive manufacturer secretly fears. ” Read More…

 

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Story Telling and Software Recruitment – Character Development Part 1

Author Steve Brennen

There are 3 things I look for in any candidate for any job. They are symbiotic, forming a self-fueling engine of greatness. So first things first let’s start with the egg, or the chicken or whatever.

Let’s talk about the passion!

Now I know what you’re saying, isn’t passion just dog whistle for “I want you to kill yourself for pennies”. Let’s not be negative nancy, let’s take it at face value.  Continue reading

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