Architects throughout Australia remain in good demand heading into 2017 as markets in eastern states remain strong and demand in South Australia picks up, according to the latest report.

In its latest quarterly snapshot, employment services firm Hays says that whilst project flow was limited in Western Australia, demand for skilled architects remained strong in eastern states whilst that in South Australia had improved as a combination of low interest rates and the removal of stamp duty on apartments outside as well as inside the Adelaide CBD has fuelled an increase in the number of new projects being proposed.

According to Hays, experienced architects are in demand across eastern states and in South Australia in response to a good pipeline of projects which require project planning and design whilst architects who have experience in leading projects and who understand the building and project delivery process are wanted.

Technicians with Revit skills remain sought after as most consultancies are now using this software whilst there is also demand for BIM Managers to transition a firm’s workforce to a new BIM Program and create content and templates.

Contract architects who are available at short notice represent a further area of need to work on tenders or help to complete project stages whilst interior designers are in demand for refurbishment work in the retail, office and public sectors.

In terms of urban planning, Hays says land use planners are needed in response to a growing number of development applications and the need for strategic land use evaluation whilst transport planners are needed to meet growing demand for infrastructure.

Immediately available candidates in land use evaluation are in short supply whilst transport planners are also in short supply given the niche nature of this skill set.

A final area of demand which is emerging particularly in Victoria is that for statutory planners, where Hays says there is a shortage of candidates who can hit the ground running to deal with a high volume of development applications which are being lodged.

The latest report follows the results of a survey released late last year by Hays into attitudes of architectural employees toward their work.

According to that survey, critical aspects which candidates value when considering a potential position at a particular practice include quality of workmanship, their fit with the vision, culture and values, remuneration levels and work-life balance.

In terms of candidates, meanwhile, Hays suggests becoming proficient not only within Revit but also as many other programs as possible as well as to upskill in areas such as digital design-to-fabrication, augmented reality and virtual reality.

Candidates should also work on abilities to solve problems, think creatively, communicate with clients and contractors, lead teams as well as learn quickly, Hays said.