Architecture Jobs, Jobs In Interior Design & Autocad Jobs

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE - AUGUST 2009

Activity levels for the period through to July / August of 2009 has shown continued strong activity with new positions being created at consistent levels from one month to the next. This is the most promising news we have brought since October of last year.

From an employment perspective, whilst we still cannot report full (ie: 100%) employment levels, we are now entering a market where increasingly, specific roles are becoming hard to fill based on lack of available personnel with the required skills.

Without getting too excited at this point, we still believe that close to 70% of newly created projects are a result of Federal and State finance, and in this respect see the heightened market activity to be artificial to a degree.
 
Any calls for the Federal Government's stimulus package to be wound back from its intended levels should not be heeded, as it would prove to have negative and rapidly experienced ill effect on the Architecture profession within the next 12 months.

Outside of the Government funding however, increasingly we are seeing positions created from the private sector, which is the litmus test we have been waiting for. This signifies a slight change in stance from the lending institutions compared to earlier in the year when it was apparent that property (with the exception of owner occupied residential) was viewed as a risk from these groups.

With this slight change, there is still no particular sector that we can say has greater strength than others, although the medium density residential sector feels to have the strongest prospects at this early stage. Whilst there are several larger scale ($200M) developments in early design stages, we are still some way from having confidence that this scale or above will be a major part of the market mix for some time. Once again the few truly large-scale projects anticipated in the next 6 months will be institutional and most likely PPP in nature. As a result of this, we still anticipate the 'two tiered' marketplace to remain, creating possible further concerns for some of the larger commercial practices that do not have strong exposure to the institutional projects sector.

Whilst we have seen some opportunities in the Interior Design sectors, this field remains relatively quiet, and this industry has seen very little positive impact from the Federal Governments stimulus program so far.

With the high proportion of Government projects currently in different stages, the main turbulence ahead from an employment perspective is how the different project streams will phase in and out, and what effect that will have on staffing requirements. As an example, as the Stage One education programs start to shed some staff, will the other streams be at a stage to absorb that particular type of personnel? Most likely so, however what is most important is that activity levels maintain their existing momentum across the market as a whole, and if this occurs, we should stay in an employment marketplace that offers opportunities for the majority of job seekers at any given time.

So where are the hotspots to look out for?

This time around, the best employment opportunities have not come as a result specifically of increased work per se.

We believe that many practices have seen the quieter market in late 2008 / early 2009 as an opportunity to take strategic steps within their businesses, and it is from this that we are seeing the best opportunities in a long-term sense.

The first of these comes from a groundswell of practices now using BIM software for projects across all stages, who may previously only have used BIM software for certain projects or stages, therefore opportunities for those with Revit, ArchiCAD and other 3D software skills are the strongest trend we have seen for some time.

Whilst AutoCAD demand still exists and will continue to do so, the message for those who have not yet embarked on developing BIM skills is to do so – sooner rather than later.

Several clients have made the comment that coming out of the recession of the early 1990's saw the almost full uptake on CAD, this time it is the movement towards BIM software that is the largest change to emerge from this downturn. (Please refer to Bilal Succar of Change Agents AEC commentary further in this newsletter).

The second of the Strategic areas that many offices have focused on is the sourcing of key Design based personnel. We are currently working with many groups who have isolated this specific area as part of their overall growth strategy. The positions that we refer to here range from talented Architects at 5 years experience who possess strong freehand and 3D software (including BIM software), through to highest level Directorship opportunities for Design Principals with strong industry reputations. Whilst it may be said that these types of individuals are always in demand, irrespective of market circumstances, it is now more than ever a topic of strategic discussion from many practices.

Experienced health professionals at Health Planner, Project Architect and Technician levels are also highly in demand.

In regards to Rates and Salaries over the past 4 months, we have seen some movement forward in percentage terms, however the majority of groups recruiting fall into the smaller to mid scale in terms of size generally, and subsequently remuneration has remained in the mid range of figures achieved during the middle point of 2008.

Where to from here?

Over the next 6 months, we anticipate similar market conditions to prevail that we have seen in the past 3 months in broad terms. This will rely partly on the confidence of the financial markets, (so keep an eye on markets in the September / October months), and as already mentioned, some turbulence for those engaged on Government projects that will start to slowly phase out between now and Christmas, although different streams of work across the industry should create other opportunities for those affected. Based on this we expect some 'musical chairs' in this area but without too much grief in terms of the bigger picture. Also due to the smaller scale of many projects currently underway, the momentum may not be as strong for some practices into the Christmas slowdown. Therefore the 'two tiered' market that we have been describing since February will still continue to exist, indicating that some firms will feel that things have never been better, with others remaining uncertain of prospects.

As one client described recently, 'It means that the industry is operating at near capacity, rather than over capacity, as previously [making it difficult, rather than impossible, to find the right people]'.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and should you have any comments or feedback, please feel free to email brw@bloomfieldtremayne.com.au.
Search News & Events
SEARCH TIP | Use simple phrases like "exhibition" or "project"

Bloomfield Tremayne News & Events

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE - END OF SU...  [05/03/2014]

Arriving back in the office on January the 6th this year (after a Christmas of indulging in a little too much food and wine!!) and feeling slightly heavier than our December selves, we weren’t expecting for it to be such a positive a start to the year as what we have encountered!!
[Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE - END OF...  [05/03/2014]

Welcome to our "End of Summer" market update for 2014 with many keen to hear what the market is saying as we approach the start of March
[Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE - END OF SP...  [05/12/2013]

Let's start on a positive note!!! It appears that since our last market update, there has been a continuation in the upturn of workflow across the Architectural and Interior Design industries...
[Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE - END OF...  [05/12/2013]

In terms of the projected outlook for 2014, we are hearing a range of thoughts and varying predictions, and although these are a lot more positive in nature than this time last year, early bets are leaning towards a two-tiered market for 2014, with a “quietly confident” slant overall....
[Read More]

THE PORTFOLIO  [07/11/2013]

This is a big one, and often a topic of contention. Here are our top tips for your Portfolio, from what to include through to presentation. [Read More]

INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES  [30/10/2013]

In our last article we highlighted on how to get an interview, and our top tips on getting your foot in the door. This week is all about the Interview, from how you dress and what to say, through to closing the deal...Enjoy! [Read More]

APPLYING FOR A ROLE & GETTING AN...  [23/10/2013]

We will be posting tips, hints and advice on a range of subjects related to working within the industry- from the initial job hunt and interview techniques through to portfolio preparation, tips for senior professionals, as well as Graduates.

[Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE - WINTER 20...  [04/09/2013]

Short term contract anyone???
This is the question that I increasingly have to ask my stable of star candidates! I am pleased to report that we have seen a spike in employment activity in recent weeks with short term contract roles leading the way [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE WINTER 2...  [04/09/2013]

As we head into Spring, and on the eve of a Federal Election, we are seeing some signs of increased market activity, and whilst this is positive news, it is still too soon to be predicting a buoyant industry across all sectors. [Read More]

SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET UPDATE - WI...  [04/09/2013]

The market has picked up this year in Johannesburg and we feeling the positivity from our Clients. Our Clients are busier and the amount of specs coming through are more than last year. Architecture has picked up and Interior Design has remained steady throughout the year. [Read More]

NEW ZEALAND MARKET UPDATE WINTER...  [30/08/2013]

“We are quite busy at the moment, our biggest problem is trying to find suitable people that are available. The pool of intermediate level people is pretty none existent. We can’t even find a good Interior technician for a contract!! [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE AUTUMN 2...  [05/06/2013]

At present our feelings are that of “less bad news and a little more good news”, however it is hard to describe the overall market in one brief sentence. There has been increased activity in some areas of the apartment sector, a slight increase in the retail sector, some corporate and hospitality interiors, and some mid scale commercial projects have progressed over the past three months.
[Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE AUTUMN 2013  [30/05/2013]

How’s the market looking?… When’s it going to pick up?
These are a couple of the questions that I’m asked, almost on a daily basis and have been asked since the Global Financial Crises hit us in late 2008.....
[Read More]

SUPERANNUATION REFORMS 2013 - ST...  [23/05/2013]

As you may be aware in July 2010, The Federal Government released the ‘Cooper Review’ into Australia’s Superannuation system. In response to the review, the Government has developed a series of significant reforms known as ‘Stronger Super’
[Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE 2013  [01/03/2013]

There is no doubt that we have seen a slower start to the year than we would of liked for 2013, especially within the Architectural Market... [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE 2013  [01/03/2013]

We are experiencing a range of divergent factors at work across the industry at the moment, some positive, many negative. As such, trying to make a clear prediction on project activity and recruitment intentions this year is an interesting one to say the least. [Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE SPRING 2012  [23/11/2012]

The Sydney market is also experiencing the traditional slow down in work flow as Christmas rapidly approaches. With an already tight market, everyone is clearly looking forward to a well earned break. [Read More]

OFF SHORE MARKET UPDATES  [23/11/2012]

Keen to hear what's happening in Architecture & Design in other parts of the world? We've just heard back from our Affiliate Offices in New Zealand and South Africa.
[Read More]

FINDING WORK IN A DOWN MARKET  [23/11/2012]

In a down market like this, uncertainty reigns and competition is fierce. We understand and we sympathise, because we feel it too. We have a few tips though if you're keen to listen. [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE WINTER 2...  [30/08/2012]

Welcome to our Winter Update which, as always, gives you a summary of the Melbourne market over the past few months and what we're seeing currently. [Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE WINTER 2012  [30/08/2012]

All the information you need to know about the Sydney market for Architects, Interior Designers & Draftspersons is contained right here in this detailed update.
[Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE AUTUMN 2012  [31/05/2012]

Welcome to our Autumn 2012 update with an overview of what's happening within Architecture & Interior Design in the Sydney, NSW market. [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE AUTUMN 2...  [31/05/2012]

Our Autumn 2012 update on the Architecture & Interior Design market in Melbourne is here...and just in time, as the days get colder and darker and shorter. [Read More]

OUR AFFILIATE OFFICES - MARKET U...  [16/04/2012]

An interesting read, here is the latest from some of our affiliates and the current market conditions they are experiencing [Read More]

YOUR PORTFOLIO - HOW TO PRESENT  [04/04/2012]

The importance of presenting your portfolio to maximise your employment prospects and ensure you demonstrate your design talent and flair, project scope and technical experience. [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE SUMMER 2...  [28/02/2012]

Welcome to our first market update for 2012 – an interesting year ahead!
[Read More]

IMPORTANT INDUSTRY INFORMATION  [28/02/2012]

Latest Industry Update regarding ATO & Independent Contractor Arrangements [Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE SUMMER 2012  [28/02/2012]

Welcome to our first market update for 2012 - a belated happy new year to all. [Read More]

YOUR RESUME - WHAT TO INCLUDE  [27/02/2012]

Your resume is a traditional business document and THE marketing tool used to outline your professional qualifications, work experience and skills to a prospective employer. [Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE SPRING 2011  [18/11/2011]

WAIT AND SEE!
Welcome to the Spring quarter’s Sydney Market update and what an interesting few months we have had! Trouble with the US and European share markets, a minor interest rate cut and the state budget have been the talking points for a number of months now. [Read More]

UK MARKET UPDATE SPRING 2011  [18/11/2011]

Mustard Jobs - United Kingdom
Our knowledgeable contact, Dave Madden has this to say:
[Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE SPRING 2...  [18/11/2011]

At the time of writing, a number of divergent forces are acting on the Melbourne marketplace, both positive and negative, which are combining generally into a 'wait and see' attitude from many practices when it comes to recruitment intentions. [Read More]

NEW ZEALAND MARKET UPDATE SPRING...  [18/11/2011]

A & S Consulting – New Zealand
Shane Fenton in Auckland, had this to say on behalf of our wonderful neighbours: [Read More]

SOUTH AFRICA MARKET UPDATE SPRIN...  [18/11/2011]

Redline Recruitment - South Africa
Our well-informed affiliate Bonny Eastman has reported: [Read More]

IRELAND MARKET UPDATE SPRING 201...  [18/11/2011]

Design Staff - Ireland
Our contact Pat Lennon has advised:
[Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE END OF FINA...  [23/06/2011]

New State Government, same old problems! That is the message we are hearing in Sydney over the last couple of months. [Read More]

CONTRACTING - WHERE DOES IT FIT ...  [23/06/2011]

Bloomfield Tremayne and Partners has been working within Architecture and Interior Design for the past 25 years and over this time we have seen some very big changes within the market – most notably since 2000 the apparent shift in preference away from contract and back towards permanent engagement of staff. As a result we felt it important to address this change and dispel or confirm any myths that may exist out there about engaging Contract personnel. [Read More]

SOUTH AFRICA MARKET UPDATE END O...  [23/06/2011]

Director of Redline Recruitment, Bonnie Eastman had the following to say: [Read More]

NEW ZEALAND MARKET UPDATE END OF...  [23/06/2011]

Director of A & S Consulting, Shane Fenton gave us the following update: [Read More]

IRELAND MARKET UPDATE END OF FIN...  [23/06/2011]

Limited news to report from our affiliate in Ireland, Pat tells us that things are very very quiet and nothing has really changed. [Read More]

UK MARKET UPDATE END OF FINANCIA...  [23/06/2011]

Director of Mustard Jobs, Dave Madden said the following of their market: [Read More]

15 MINUTES WITH...... Rebecca Vu...  [22/06/2011]

Rebecca Vulic is Global Retail Design Director, Jurlique International, Sydney [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE END OF F...  [22/06/2011]

Thanks again for all of the feedback from our last market update – we greatly appreciate and encourage your comments. As we move towards the end of the Financial Year, we are seeing a range of differing forces working both positively and negatively across various market sectors. From a recruitment perspective this is creating strong opportunities for some, and at the other end of the scale, small numbers of redundancies. [Read More]

UK MARKET UPDATE - SUMMER 2011  [22/02/2011]

From Mustard Jobs in the UK, Director Pete Brown had the following to say: [Read More]

15 MINUTES WITH... Bruce Henders...  [15/02/2011]

Bruce Henderson of Bruce Henderson Architects was kind enough to spend some time with us over a coffee recently....
[Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE - SUMMER 20...  [11/02/2011]

Now that the memories of indulging ourselves with great food and drink, relaxing days spent at the beach, catching up with friends and family and England’s Cricketers winning the Ashes are a locked away, we can turn our attention to 2011!
[Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE - SUMMER...  [11/02/2011]

Again, many thanks to all of the responses and feedback from our previous market update – this is always gratefully appreciated. [Read More]

SOUTH AFRICA MARKET UPDATE - SU...  [11/02/2011]

So here is the latest news form our newest affiliate!!! This is what they have to say: [Read More]

NEW ZEALAND MARKET UPDATE - SUMM...  [11/02/2011]

Our affiliate A&S Consultants based in Auckland had this to say [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE - SEPTEM...  [22/09/2010]

Recent months have sent a range of mixed messages to the market, with a tightly fought Federal Election, a looming State Election in Victoria (Late November), along with variable signals from the economies in Europe and the USA. With this being the backdrop as we approach the final quarter for 2010, there are positive signs in certain areas, indeed some sectors feel that they are booming along, however other market areas remain relatively downbeat. Mixed into this is evidence of new projects emerging within the private sector that, if they continue, bodes well for 2011. [Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE - SPRING 20...  [22/09/2010]

Things seem to be looking up! This is the current sentiment within the Design and Architectural Markets as we head towards the back end of 2010. There is definitely a positive feeling around but one that is still served up with a decent amount of caution.
[Read More]

NEW ZEALAND MARKET UPDATE - SEPT...  [22/09/2010]

So to our friends in New Zealand…well much like in Australia, the markets have been improving be it slowly although it is still somewhat fickle and activity levels can vary from week to week. [Read More]

UK MARKET UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 201...  [22/09/2010]

The market in London is currently ‘anyone’s guess’ and is literally swinging from one week to the next. Although we have seen a pickup within the fast track Interiors arena and more recently the Residential markets… Outside of London the Architecture market is still working towards recovery with some areas of the UK yet to see any improvement in the market at all. [Read More]

FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH... Robert P...  [22/09/2010]

Robert is a Partner of Gray Puksand, a leading Practice with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and is the current President of the Victorian Chapter of the Architects Institute of Australia. Robert was kind enough to spend some time with us over a coffee recently....
[Read More]

FAIR WORK AUSTRALIA  [01/06/2010]

In recent months there has been much talk about the changes the Government has been making in regards to the work place. Effective as of July 1 2009, new workplace relations systems were put in place, which aims to balance the needs of employees, the unions and employers. [Read More]

PAID PARENTAL LEAVE SCHEME 2010  [01/06/2010]

Are you aware of this Bill and what it means? If you are expecting or have staff expecting we would highly recommend you familiarise yourself with the new Bill and what it means for you. [Read More]

ENGLAND MARKET UPDATE - MAY 2010  [26/05/2010]

London is a changing place. The job boards are filling up and firms seem to be hiring again! A number of large commercial developers are starting to turn their wheels, which has put in motion a few key schemes, namely the Walkie-Talkie, Heron Tower and even Park House on Oxford Street. [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE - MAY 20...  [26/05/2010]

Looking ahead into 2010 sees elections at both State and Federal levels in the latter part of the year, mixed messages at a federal level over further “stimulus” spending and continued financial uncertainty in Europe. Against this backdrop, expectations for the market to resume buoyancy across all sectors are far from certain. [Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE - MAY 2010  [26/05/2010]

“When are things going to pick up?” This has been the question that has been fired at us by a lot of our candidates and clients as we look hopefully towards the second quarter of 2010. Recently we have seen a disparity between the fortunes of the Interior and Architectural markets. [Read More]

NEW ZEALAND MARKET UPDATE - MAY ...  [26/05/2010]

Things are still very much up and down in New Zealand at the moment, but we have a forward momentum, albeit it a slow one. The Market has been very residentially driven (on the low to medium scale) and is now moving into to light commercial and commercial interiors. [Read More]

IRELAND MARKET UPDATE - MAY 2010  [26/05/2010]

As per our last Market update there has not been a huge change in Ireland – it’s still quiet.

The word on the street is that whilst confidence levels are increasing slowly, it still has a way to go… [Read More]

FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH ... Grant R...  [26/05/2010]

Fifteen Minutes With ... Grant Roberts - Practice Manager, Billard Leece Partnership
Grant has over 25 years experience in the practice of architecture. He brings his depth of experience as a Project Architect to the role of Practice Manager, giving him a sound understanding of project planning, resource requirements and administration. He was kind enough to spare 15 Minutes of his time with us... [Read More]

AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR NEW URBAN...  [22/02/2010]

The ACNU represents an alliance of Australian and New Zealand practitioners, who are working together to improve the quality and sustainability of our urbanism. [Read More]

FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH... Jayne Ha...  [22/02/2010]

Jayne Harrison is the owner of JDH Architects, a well respected, medium sized Architectural practice based in Ultimo. They have wealth of expertise in the fields of residential, educational and retail architecture, and an established track record servicing a broad portfolio of corporate, commercial and private clients. Jayne was kind enough to sit down with Jamie from the Sydney office for our 15 minute questions.. [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE - FEBRUA...  [04/02/2010]

Welcome to 2010, a year that has been eagerly awaited to see if Melbourne's positive second half of 2009 will continue its upward swing. [Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE - FEBRUARY ...  [04/02/2010]

"Isn't 2009 over yet?" This was the sentiment shared by many of our clients and candidates in discussions over the last few months of last year. [Read More]

ENGLAND MARKET UPDATE - FEBRUARY...  [04/02/2010]

Our UK affiliate has indicated that the architectural market has shown signs of recovery from where it was 6 months ago, although the influx of new vacancies is not coming from all clients, rather, from small pockets of the industry. [Read More]

NEW ZEALAND MARKET UPDATE - FEBR...  [04/02/2010]

So what say our close affiliates in New Zealand? Well it seems that although NZ has had some forward movement in the construction industry, things are still bouncing along the bottom. [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE - AUGUST...  [24/08/2009]

Review of current Melbourne market conditions. [Read More]

SYDNEY MARKET UPDATE  [24/08/2009]

Review of current market conditions in Sydney. [Read More]

NEW ZEALAND MARKET UPDATE - AUGU...  [24/08/2009]

Update on current market conditions in New Zealand [Read More]

ENGLAND MARKET UPDATE  [24/08/2009]

Update on current market conditions in England. [Read More]

VICTORIAN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS 20...  [21/07/2009]

2009 Victorian Architecture Awards announced...
[Read More]

AUSTRALIAN DESIGN REVIEW | RESPO...  [18/06/2009]

Architecture is at the forefront of economic activity, and therefore employment habits and trends in the industry are seen as a clear indicator, even predictor, of the general health of the economy... [Read More]

AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW  [30/04/2009]

The global downturn's impact on the Architectural industry... Read on! [Read More]

MAKE YOUR APPLICATION COUNT ! ! ...  [23/04/2009]

Here are a couple of pointers that we would recommend to assist you through this process... Read on! [Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE - APRIL ...  [17/04/2009]

For the latest news and information on Melbourne's changing Market... Read on!! [Read More]

FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH... Koos De ...  [17/04/2009]

Koos is the National Director at dKO Architecture, a 50 strong multi disciplinary design practice with offices in Melbourne and Sydney... Read on!
[Read More]

FIFTEEN MINUTES WITH... Tom Berg...  [17/04/2009]

Tom Bergstrom is the Managing Director and the founder of Bergstrom Architects... Read on! [Read More]

IMPROVING THE NSW PLANNING SYSTE...  [05/08/2008]

As planning issues become more and more prominant, a leading expert gives you his viewpoint. [Read More]

INTERVIEW PREPARATION FOR APPLIC...  [22/07/2008]

Looking for a new job? Unsure of how to present yourself or what to say? The following should help. [Read More]

CHANGES TO 457 VISA SPONSORSHIP  [14/04/2008]

Business Visa changes - important details for travellers looking to stay long term. [Read More]

TAX FOR NON-RESIDENTS?   [09/08/2007]

[Read More]

MELBOURNE MARKET UPDATE: Winter ...  [09/08/2007]

[Read More]

APPLICANT INFORMATION: Top Tips ...  [07/08/2007]

[Read More]

GUIDE FOR APPLICANTS RESUME  [06/08/2007]

[Read More]

JOB REVIEWS - WHAT ARE THEY FOR?  [05/08/2007]

[Read More]

NEW WORKPLACE RELATIONS FACT SHE...  [11/07/2007]

[Read More]

2006 FAIR PAY DECISION  [04/12/2006]

[Read More]