“Secondly, many organisations that cut staffing numbers to the bone are looking for new recruits to cope with a ‘back to normal’ workload. Departing staff in 2009 were rarely replaced, with their duties absorbed by remaining staff members. Now that business confidence is rising, employers are reassessing and re-creating vacancies where required. They are repopulating teams.
“Thirdly, candidates already in permanent roles are re-entering the job market, looking for their next career step. The oil price, a stabilising economy and large projects are again sparking their interest. Many of these projects are yet to commence full construction, so the anticipation level between potential job seekers is high. This momentum will also generate opportunities as positions become vacant, further fuelling the job market,” says Mr Winfield.
According to the Hays Quarterly Report, drilling engineers, construction managers with LNG experience and civil engineers are needed in Queensland. In the state’s geoscience market, technical assistants and geophysicists are being sought. There is a strong preference for local applicants across the geosciences.
Given that some of the world’s largest multidiscipline consultancies are based in Melbourne, the recruitment of designers is rising in Victoria. These skills are required for both domestic and international LNG projects.
In Western Australia, subsea engineering, development and exploration geologists with 10 – 15 years experience, petroleum and reservoir engineers with
10 – 15 years experience and geophysicists are in demand.