Architects in Top Demand

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
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Architects in Australia are in high demand as the level of new building work on the east-coast remains strong for now.

In its latest report, recruitment outfit Hays said demand for architects remained robust across a number of disciplines, especially in eastern seaboard markets.

Whilst professionals with concept design experience including design managers and CAD drafters top the list, design architects with residential, commercial and retail experience are also in demand along with senior project architects and architectural draftspersons with strong software skills including Revit and CAD.

In terms of interior design, commercial and workplace interior designers and senior designers with extensive design experience as well as business development acumen are being sought.

Furthermore, the shortage of candidates with strong Revit skills shows little sign of abating. Demand for residential drafters, Revit drafters and documenters and senior to mid-level Revit Technicians with experience on high-rise multi-residential projects is red hot.

Around Australia, demand for architects is on the rise amid strong growth in building activity, especially in the high-rise multi-residential segment on the east coast.

All up, job advertisements across the sector were up 32 percent year-on-year in December, according to SEEK.

Remuneration levels, too, are on the rise: salaries in urban planning, interior design and architectural drafting rose by eight, six and four percent respectively over the 2014/15 financial year (SEEK).

In terms of states, Hays says demand is strong across a number of jurisdictions.

In Sydney and New South Wales, it is pretty much a candidate’s market amid a strong backlog of work across a variety of sectors, and the process of finding suitable candidates with the right attitude and a willingness to be held accountable for their work is becoming difficult.

Given the degree of need for CAD and Revit skills, a number of employers are offering access to relevant courses for candidates to build up their level of expertise in this area.

The market is also picking up in the ACT, where candidates with large-scale experience are being sought for a growing range of projects and new roles with attractive salaries are being created.

Confidence is also rising in Queensland amid a growing pipeline of work.

There is a reasonable amount of hiring in the contractor space, especially mid-to-senior level technicians needed to assist with meeting documentation deadlines.

Finally, for now, the job flow remains reasonably strong in Western Australia despite that state’s sluggish economy. Revit self-sufficient architects and drafters are in demand.

Salaries, however, are being pitched conservatively as a number of firms have had to compromise on margins in order to win projects.

In terms of candidates, the extent of demand for Revit skills is driving a trend whereby those who do not possess Revit experience are seeking employers who will train them in this area.

Graduates are also starting to use Lumion 3D visualisation software to create top quality design presentations quickly, Hays said.

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