According to the Hays Quarterly Report for October to December 2017, civil engineers, civil designers and project architects are among professional and business services experts in high demand but short supply.
The demand underpins a talent mismatch, a statement from Hays read regarding the report.
The report finds that civil designers are being sought for land development, highway and bridge projects. It also identified that civil engineers are also in demand for ongoing major project workloads in many consultancies.
Likewise licensed surveyors are required because many subcontract as sole traders and fail to meet demand, and technically-skilled project architects with strong construction knowledge are needed in the market.
Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand Nick Deligiannis says there are several factors behind the growing demand in professional and business services, including rapid technological change, a need for strategic, technical and financial advice, a move to get closer to customers through the use of data and a desire from customers for full end-to-end services.
“Cost-saving is another factor, with businesses looking for advice or services from those who are experts in the exact area where assistance is required. This is leading to the emergence of more specialised professional and business services companies who in turn require highly-skilled staff to deliver the necessary services and retain customers,” he said.