22 July 2014 — Construction software company Jobpac International Systems has appointed Sebastien Soum as business development manager as it anticipates strong growth in the Australian and New Zealand construction sector.

Prior to working for Jobpac, Mr Soum worked in the transport and logistics industry and has been selling software for more than seven years.

“As building and engineering contractors continue to strengthen the construction sector’s return to positive growth, they increasingly rely on technological tools, such as Jobpac’s construction cost control software, to manage and implement projects efficiently and cost-effectively,” Jobpac chief executive Ian Desbrow said. “We welcome Sebastien to the team [to] help expand the uptake of Jobpac.”

Jobpac’s expectation of strong growth is backed up by the Australian Construction Industry Forum, which is predicting annual growth in the construction market of 2.3 per cent between 2013-14 and 2022-23.

Population growth has been a driver of activity, particular in the residential sector.

“The figures show Australia’s population reached 23.32 million by the end of 2013, having added around 396,000 people in the year during 2014,” Housing Industry Association economist Geordan Murray said. “This is equivalent to a growth rate of 1.7 per cent over the year, which is down from 1.8 per cent a year ago but still well above the long-term average.”

Construction employment figures are now at the second highest level seen in Australian since the ABS first started recording this figure in 1984.