It’s busier than it’s ever been at environment and sustainability recruitment firm Talent Nation. And according to managing director Richard Evans, the spike in demand is about more than just the 25 December Christmas deadline.
He says there’s been strong demand for sustainability talent across multiple sectors. The infrastructure and property sectors are still particularly buoyant in NSW and Victoria despite the cooling residential market, with Mirvac and Dexus posturing strongly in the sustainability space when it comes to recruitment.
Evans says employees are starting to care more about the purpose of the organisation and not just about how much they get paid.
“When you talk to people they are excited about working at Mirvac, about the CEO and her vision. The salary is secondary.” He expects to see more of this in 2019.
Evans has also watched sustainability evolve into a more “professional and commercial role that carries up into the board level” in the recent past.
“In a downturn it was once the first to go. It was once an add on or a ‘nice to have’.” But now, he says, heightened interest from investors is prompting c-suites and boards to hone in on sustainability.
This momentum from investors is driving a more long-term approach to sustainability for corporates, says Evans. He thinks that this might mean businesses will be more immune than usual to the policy uncertainty that a federal election will bring.
Evans also expects the role of sustainability professionals to become more specialised into the different social, environmental and financial arms going forwards.
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There are still jobs on offer this side of 1 January. Our pick for this week are as follows:
The City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters in Adelaide is looking for a Sustainability Officer to be the key contact for all environmental initiatives, and be responsible for the provision of specialist technical advice relating to environmental sustainability programs and opportunities.
Cranfield Group need an appropriately qualified and proven mechanical, sustainability engineer with strong concentration upon ESD in a design consulting environment for its new Associate Director Sustainability – Team Leader, based in the Sydney office.
JLL has a new Sydney-based opportunity for a Sustainability Manager to work on the Property NSW account.
AECOM is seeking a Senior/Principal Sustainability Consultant organisation that will see you providing technical advice within our growing Infrastructure & Precinct Sustainability (IPS) team.