Civil and transport engineers are in demand across several states as work on public sector road and projects ramps up, the latest report says.

In its latest report, recruitment outfit Hays says a range of transport projects was driving demand for skills in areas such as civil engineering, traffic engineering and highway engineering, whilst building service and structural engineers were needed to service an active market in multi-residential apartments.

Leading the way is New South Wales, were the market is being driven by an active market in civil construction and employers are becoming more flexible in the types of candidates they are willing to consider.

Also strong is Victoria, where high levels of activity in building services is being driven by a massive range of commercial and residential development markets whilst civil subdivision was also active courtesy of the booming residential sector and significant road and highway projects added to vacancy.

Steady growth is also happening in Queensland amid an active residential home market and a growing number of subdivisions.

Queensland’s commercial market also remains buoyant and there is strong demand among tier 1 consultancies for commercial structural engineers with exposure to large multi-storey structures.

Elsewhere, Hays says the Gold Coast is active amid work on Commonwealth Games infrastructure and the upgrade of storm water assets whilst vacancy is increasing in South Australia amid a busy infrastructure market and vacancy increases in Western Australia despite the resource sector pullback amid the awarding of some projects and the secondment of WA staff on interstate work among some consultancies.

Whilst the market has cooled since the end of the resource boom, demand for engineers appears to be picking up in some areas as the apartment building boom continues and the massive volume of road and rail building projects continues.

Vacancies across most categories within the engineering sector have picked up, according to Department of Employment data, whilst the forward pipeline of road, rail and bridge work is at or close to record levels.

Roles in Demand

According to Hays, roles in demand are set out as below.


  • 12d Designersare again in high demand in New South Wales in response to the active market. Given that 12d is an Australian software package, overseas candidates lack relevant experience and cannot be considered.
  • Civil Engineersespecially with subdivision experience for work in the urban space and also for civil works, such as roads, pavements and stormwater which accompany new building construction
  • Traffic Engineersto assist Sydney to cope with growing congestion
  • Highway Engineersfor a massive range of major and minor roadworks around Sydney.

Northern Territory:

  • Civil EngineersStructural Engineersand Civil and Structural Drafters to work on the design stages of upcoming local projects.

South Australia:

  • Senior Civil Engineers and mid-level Civil Engineers to work on a significant number of road and infrastructure projects.
  • Like New South Wales, 12d Designersare in high demand, but there’s a shortage of candidates with experience using this software.
  • Senior Structural Engineers and Building Services Engineers are also needed.


  • Civil Engineerswith 12d experience are still required to work on subdivisions. There is a candidate shortage, with a particular gap at the three plus years of experience level.
  • Licensed Surveyors. Victoria’s regulations are quite strict and there are only approximately 400 licensed candidates across the state. Due to activity in the residential market, this demand will continue.
  • Building Set Out Surveyorsto cater for an increase in projects.
  • Highways, Bridge and Tunnel Engineers are needed for infrastructure projects, as are individual with Microstation and 12d experience.
  • Revit Drafters and Modellersto work on projects across the industry, from infrastructure to complex high rise residential and commercial projects. Revit remains the most used BIM tool and candidates who know how to use it to build models quickly in detail and make changes are in high demand.
  • Senior Building Services/Structural Engineersto cater for a booming development market.

Western Australia:

  • Revit Draftersto work on various building projects at different stages of completion
  • Experienced Bridge Engineers to work on major infrastructure projects.
  • Civil Road Engineersare in demand as the migration of experienced candidates interstate has led to today’s dearth of talent in Western Australia.


  • RPEQ Structural Engineersremain in demand. The commercial market is buoyant and Tier 1 consultancies need Structural Engineers with current RPEQ’s, recent commercial experience and exposure to large multi-storey structures.
  • RPEQ Civil Engineers are also sought. Brisbane Council’s goal of creating an extra 220,000 homes over the next 20 years has led to a number subdivision projects, with more planned for the future. However in the past many Civil Engineers made the move to mining, creating a shortage of candidates with residential experience.
  • Storm Water Engineersare sought on the Gold Coast, where the Council has committed to upgrading all storm water infrastructure over the next five years and to give this work to local businesses.
  • Revit Draftersare needed too. Most consultancies have transitioned to Revit, creating demand in all disciplines for Revit experts.