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.
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 Otherwise, we might miss you because your details are out of date!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
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
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
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.
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.
Author Stephen Noble, Managing Director, Australia Wide Engineering Recruitment
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
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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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.
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