In recent years the construction industry in Australia has seen massive expansion across all of it’s major cities. In Sydney alone, high density residential structures such as new apartment blocks, WestConnex, the light rail network and the Barangaroo project alone have seen a massive increase in the demand for qualified and experienced workers in the construction industry. Thousands of jobs have been created as a result of these on-going projects to ensure that they are completed on time and within budget.
But why are these jobs in such high demand? Despite the massive demand for experienced construction workers across all trades, there is a significant deficit in the Australian workforce. The construction industry workforce is ageing and fewer people are choosing to pursue construction as a viable career path. So as more and more construction workers retire, unfortunately there are fewer and fewer of those available to replace them, especially at the more senior levels.
For those already employed by the construction industry or holding qualifications/experience in those high demand rolls it is only good news, as this is driving the hourly rate and salaries higher than they have ever been in the endeavour to hire and retain the best employees. For those that may just be leaving education, it allows them to guide their decision of what career to pursue based on the types of work that are in such high demand.
Australia has seen a high volume of skilled workers from overseas choosing to come to Australia to work, not only for the fantastic lifestyle Australia has to offer but the abundance of work and the excellent rates of pay.
Blue collar jobs that are in high demand
When people think of the construction industry they often picture men on a worksite in hi-vis clothing covered in dust or dirt. But this isn’t the case; the blue collar workers are a crucial part of the construction industry here in Australia. Some of the top jobs that are currently in high demand across the industry are:
- Project Managers
- Project Engineers
- Civil & Structural Engineers
Civil labourers are also in high demand across the industry.
Trades jobs that are in high demand
The ongoing investments into commercial, residential and infrastructure projects has significantly improved the job prospects for a variety of tradespeople in Australia. With so many long-term projects ongoing as well as continued investment into residential properties to accommodate a growing population, this trend looks set to continue.
Some of the top trades that are currently in high demand due to a shortage of skilled and experienced workers are:
All of the above trades are listed on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for those from overseas looking to work in Australia or emigrate here permanently, due to the huge deficit in these areas.
At BriX Projects labour hire we are currently offering sponsorship opportunities for carpenters and electricians which will allow them to live and work in Australia for up to four years with the option to apply for Australian Permanent Residency after two years.
If you are looking for work in the construction industry and would like to work for a company that can provide you interesting, challenging work whilst being paid the best rates in Sydney then contact our team at BriX Projects labour hire today to see what positions we have available that would be suitable for you. Call us today on 1800 621 066 or contact us online.