Engineering Recruitment – Market Commentary – April 2018

As with recent previous quarters, we remain very optimistic about the demand for engineering, manufacturing & construction professionals and we’re continuing to build our own internal team strongly as a result. We believe this will continue into at least the medium term future. The main contributors are solid business confidence and the pipeline of infrastructure projects.

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

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Who said manufacturing in Australia is dying?

It seems to be popular belief that manufacturing is an old and dying industry and we can’t compete with lower wage nations. The facts state otherwise. The Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) has jumped to 63.1 in March. This is a record level and the previous record of 62.1 was set in 2002. Anything above 50 indicates expansion in manufacturing. The index has not been below 50 since 2016.

Manufacturing recruitment is also a beneficiary of this trend. Our labour hire business which operates primarily in manufacturing is trading at record levels and we have very strong demand for the recruitment of manufacturing professionals and tradespeople.

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Victorian Engineers to be registered under proposed State scheme

Victorian-based engineers will soon be required to participate in a mandatory registration scheme being introduced by the Victorian government. The aim is to highlight the critical nature of engineering and increase public confidence in the profession. A similar registry currently exists in Queensland.

The Victorian government has been working closely with Engineers Australia on the registration scheme to ensure the complex nature of engineers’ work and the importance their role plays in safeguarding the general public remains at a very high level. They believe that it is particularly important in light of current and upcoming infrastructure projects such as the Metro Tunnel, West Gate Tunnel and the Level Crossing Removal Program.

The Victorian government have indicated that a long transition period would be necessary to the new scheme to avoid unwarranted disruption to both engineers and businesses.

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Technical & Engineering Recruitment Market Commentary – January 2018

Recent media reports are boasting of business confidence and in our experience, since returning from the Christmas / New Year break we certainly support this. Clients are investing in the recruitment of staff for casual and permanent employment. Australian companies are continuing to develop successful and innovative products which stack up well internationally. Others are pursuing major projects in the rail and roads sectors of infrastructure. All this is great news for engineering, manufacturing and technical talent, but the clear message we get from our clients is that they are not willing to compromise and are prepared to wait for the right calibre of candidate.

On another note, our recruitment methodology is changing with more emphasis on searching for candidates rather than advertising roles so it is vital that candidates update their online profiles and resumes. Otherwise, we might miss you because your details are out of date!

Following are our observations in the areas for which we actively recruit.  Continue reading

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Technical & Engineering Recruitment Market Commentary – October 2017

Whilst consumers are not overly optimistic at the moment, business confidence is strong and in our experience over the past quarter, businesses are investing in the recruitment of staff. Infrastructure projects will continue to push money through their supply chains in the longer term, the AUD is sitting at a reasonably comfortable level for exporters and a range of Aussie companies continue to develop successful and innovative products which stack up well internationally. All this is great news for engineering and technical talent although we are not seeing bidding wars for talent and salaries are generally stable.

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

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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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