Technology skills rule the roost as demand for architects and designers remains strong throughout Australia amid robust levels of building activity, a new report states.

In its April to June quarterly snapshot, recruitment outfit Hays says demand for professionals with strong abilities in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) remained buoyant across a number of states.

In particular, residential drafters, Revit drafters, and Revit technicians and documenters with experience working on multi-residential and high-rise projects are in top demand, whilst senior design architects, senior project architects, architectural draftspersons and architectural graduates with strong Revit and software skills are also highly sought after, Hays said.

CAD drafters and design managers with design concept experience are in demand as well, as are senior designers and commercial/workplace interior designers.

Around Australia, demand for architects is strong amid high levels of building activity, especially on multi-residential projects on the east coast.

Compared the same month two years ago, for example, Department of Employment data suggests that vacancies for architects and landscape architects, interior designers and urban designers were up by 53 per cent, 143 per cent and 87 per cent in the month of February respectively.

Going forward, expectations on the part of developers for modest levels of growth in building activity as evidenced by Property Council surveys bode reasonably well for architects notwithstanding an anticipated slowdown in multi-residential building.

In terms of states, New South Wales leads the way as employers battle to find suitable candidates amid a busy market. Demand is strong for candidates CAD and Revit skills, and employers are trying to attract the best graduate talent through access to relevant courses in order to develop their skills in these areas. Candidates, meanwhile, are looking for challenging large-scale fit-out projects and are seeking employers who offer the best opportunities in this area.

Demand is also growing for candidates with large-scale project experience in the Australian Capital Territory, where employers are making hiring a priority amid a growing pipeline of projects and new roles offering attractive remuneration packages as well as opportunities for career development are being created.

In other states, project flow remains solid in Western Australia and the number of opportunities available for Revit enabled architects and drafters exceeds the number of suitable candidates notwithstanding the increasingly challenging nature of economic conditions in that state whilst forward expectations in Queensland remain buoyant amid growing development pipelines.

Whilst Hays does not cover Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the Northern Territory, it is likely that demand would be reasonably buoyant in Melbourne and Hobart amid strong building markets there but would be less robust in the other two states.

In terms of candidate trends, finally, Hays says those without Revit skills are looking for employers to train them in order to avoid being left behind.