Engineering Recruitment – Market Commentary – April 2021

Our company has been operating for 42 years and it’s hard to recall a time when there has been so much demand for skilled talent. There are a number of factors coming together concurrently to cause this – the unemployment rate is dropping, business confidence is soaring in many sectors, immigration is at a standstill and many companies deferred hiring last year. There is a talent shortage and we’re beginning to see counter offers. The supply of talent does not match the demand for talent and if you’re a candidate with the right specialist skills, now is a very good time to be looking for a new role.

We hope you enjoy our team’s latest market commentary.   

 
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I love it when people have a big vision for Australia!

Please take a few minutes to read this article – it’s about Andrew Forrest’s plans to develop a green steel industry in Australia and a green hydrogen energy future. Instead of just shipping iron ore offshore, he will be building a green steel plant in the Pilbara which will produce steel powered by hydrogen – not coal. His vision for hydrogen then goes well beyond steel production. He’s just spent 5 months overseas pushing this vision.

He’s got the resources to push this and if the economics make sense to his customers, it could really be very significant for both reducing global emissions and for Australia’s future. He’s demonstrated in the past that he has the vision, willingness & ability to deliver massive projects. If he leads our country to a hydrogen-powered future, he could be remembered as one of the greatest Australians.

Author : Andrew Forrest, from ABC Radio National
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Engineering Recruitment – Market Commentary – January 2021

A lot has changed in the last quarter with a very strong upsurge in the number of new opportunities that our team are working diligently on. Many clients appear to have come out of hibernation mode and are now looking forward to a brighter future, with the result that we saw a large number of new permanent opportunities eventuate in the past month. Other clients have projects to deliver and milestones to achieve, and hence are looking for contract positions to be filled as soon as practicably possible. Long may Australia remain COVID-free as it has a big impact on business confidence.

We have also seen an increase in the number of candidates approaching us, looking to explore the job market for a new opportunity. Candidates seem to be either looking for a fresh start or simply dipping their toes into the market to test the current conditions.

We hope you enjoy this quarter’s market commentary.

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Engineering Recruitment – Market Commentary – October 2020

Recruitment activities continue to build momentum as we have seen an increasing level of demand over the past 3 months. We’re filling a wide range of interesting engineering
positions across Australia, some advertised and others often not. Hence, if you are looking for a change or keen to see what roles might suit your area of expertise, please reach out and engage with our dedicated team of professionals. It is always a real pleasure to receive an initial call from a candidate and then a short time later see them commence a new position with excitement and refocus. Likewise, when a client presents a role to us, it is a gift that we cherish and we take pride in diligently fulfilling the assignment in order to deliver the most qualified and best suited candidates. We will do one-off assignments of course, however we prefer to partner with clients and remain aligned with them in order to repeatedly and sustainably build the talent within their teams. Our challenge remains to fill premium positions with high end talent as we continue to value quality over 
haste.

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18 Exceptional Technical Contractors – Currently Available

We have some exceptional talent available for immediate start.  If you’re interested in any of these contractors, please contact the consultant whose name appears in the profiles below. 

Senior Software Engineer

  • C/C++ 11/14, STL, Boost, QT, C#, Python, CI/CD, Dockers, Zigbee, IoT
  • $100/hr + GST
  • Melbourne location but is set up to work remotely
  • Contact Andy or Kanika on 1300 117 297  or enquiries@australiawide.com.a
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Engineering Recruitment – Market Commentary – July 2020

Overview

During this last quarter, a significant milestone within Australia Wide was reached with one of our Directors, Greig Connell, deciding to retire from the business. Greig worked for the company since 1987 and had dealt with hundreds of clients and thousands of candidates, always with the same passionate, professional, and result focused approach. We have been inundated with well wishes from colleagues, candidates and clients alike who were consistent with their high praise, gratitude and respect for a wonderful career and a great friendship. We warmly salute Greig and wish him and Mary all the very best for a long and happy retirement.    

The COVID-19 pandemic continued during this quarter, especially in Victoria which is experiencing lockdown 2.0. Recruitment activities had actually increased during the latter part of the quarter where we saw increased levels of new enquiries and clients re-examining roles which were previously put on hold. However, the past few weeks has seen another slowdown in recruitment decisions. One interesting phenomenon however we have seen throughout is where clients still have projects to deliver and customers’ milestones to achieve, however with the uncertainty hanging over the general economy, these clients are more and more looking at contract positions rather than appointing permanent staff. This is one of our strengths as we have a strong and deep pool of networked talent in our engineering contractor base. Please do not hesitate to contact should this be of interest to you (from a candidate or company perspective). We pride ourselves in filling short term contract roles in the same professional and sustainable manner that we fill permanent positions. 

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Engineering Recruitment – Market Commentary – April 2020

Overview

Much has changed since our last commentary in January. Bushfires were finally extinguished but then a dramatic change with the COVID-19 pandemic with resulting social distancing, self isolations and lockdowns. From a duty of care perspective we have been extremely busy ensuring that our ~400 on-hired employees and all our internal staff were safe and supported. We have been working remotely since mid March and have adjusted with zoom, facetime etc. becoming important elements in order for us to stay connected and productive. Our clients are doing likewise and there are pockets that are still hiring – healthcare, FMCG, parts of IT, call centres etc. Another phenomenon we have seen is manufacturing companies changing tack and showing resilience by changing their product mix to one that matches the current health needs. Demonstrating agility and nimbleness are qualities that are shining brightly. We continue to place quality engineers in interesting positions, albeit at a much reduced rate. We are also taking advantage of the current opportunity to update our database so when normal economic conditions return we are ready to quickly fill our clients’ assignments. Should your circumstances have changed, we would encourage you to contact us so we can try and help you. And even if your status hasn’t changed, please feel free to contact us should you require any assistance with potential repositioning and/or developing your career. We encourage you all to stay positive, adaptable, connected and together we will get through this. 

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A Space Nerd Gets His Geek On or What Apollo 13 Taught Me About This Corona Crisis

The current coronavirus crisis is a reminder of another one that happened nearly 50 years ago with humans isolated and in need of rescuing.

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The Australia Wide Personnel Group gains StaffSure Certification

The Australia Wide Personnel Group has completed an audit against the StaffSure Standard and have been granted StaffSure Certification.

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