Architects and interior designers continue to experience high levels of demand for their services as a strong building market continues to drive activity, a new report suggests.

In its July to September quarterly report, recruitment outfit Hays said demand for architectural services was being driven by an active building market.

“Thanks to an active construction market, the design of building projects is leading to increased vacancy activity in many states and territories,” Hays said in its report. “A busy residential construction market as well as large urban regeneration projects and retail, aged care and healthcare developments have created demand for architects and design engineers in NSW, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland.”

In its report, Hays said a number of skills were needed, including:

  • Town planners, both in the public and private sector
  • Senior architects who can simultaneously help out with running the practice whilst remaining hands-on when it comes to design
  • Revit drafters for short-term contracts and residential drafters with either AutoCAD or ArchiCAD skills
  • Interior designers with Revit and design abilities – this demand has grown in recent months and candidates with a design sensibility and Revit documentation skills are sought
  • Retail experienced architects and drafters, especially for work with international brands in eastern states

Around Australia, demand for architects has grown considerably over the past year or so as the number of building projects has risen.

Compared with the same month last year, for example, federal government data suggests vacancy numbers in June were up by 217, 113, 83, and 40 for interior designers (383 to 601), architects and landscape architects (679 to 793), cartographers and surveyors (253 to 293) and urban and regional planners (190 to 241).

Going forward, however, there are signs that the flow of projects may ease, with signs of a slight drop in the number of new projects coming through in the red-hot in multi-residential sector. There are, however, signs that those in the community sector are picking up.

In its report, Hays said employers are increasingly using Revit tests in order to assess the skills of short-listed candidates.

Candidates, meanwhile, were seeking challenging large-scale projects, whilst those who do not possess skills with Revit are increasingly looking to work for employers who are willing indeed to provide Revit training.