Job growth is back, nationwide

February marked the first time since the pandemic began that every state and territory saw year on year job ad growth.

The three most populous states, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, contributed the most to the growth.

Every industry except Farming, Animals and Conservation saw growth from January to February, including built environment professions. Construction was up 12 per cent, engineering 13 per cent, real estate and property 9 per cent and design and architecture 9 per cent.

“It is close to 12 months since COVID-19 severely impacted the employment market, and we are pleased to observe continued improvement with the healthiest year-on-year job ad growth since the pandemic began,” said Kendra Banks, managing director, SEEK ANZ.

“In February, there was year-on-year growth of 12.4 per cent and month-on-month growth of 4.1 per cent.”

Job movements

Rising demand for sustainability from the market and a growing commitment to embed sustainability into company processes has prompted Built to expand its sustainability team with two internal hires.

Haneen Jaber and Pippa Harrison have joined the team of six dedicated staff led by national sustainability manager Joe Karten.

Jaber joined the company as a graduate project coordinator, and after becoming involved with Green Star certification has decided sustainability is where she wants to take her career. She is now a sustainability project engineer.

Harrison has taken on a new role as program manager ­­– social impact, which will see social impact and sustainability merged into the same team. Her role will include social procurement, charitable giving, volunteering and awareness raising across the company. 

With Karten pointing to a growing appetite for sustainability in the market as a driver for boosting the team, it’s likely other built environment businesses will be bolstering their capability.

The company which now has around 1000 staff around the country is dealing with a long pipeline of work in most states around the country. Key sectors are the traditional commercial and hotels, with a noticeable bump in hotel refurbishments as owners take advantage of a lull in the tourism trade. Other strong sectors are education, health and defence sectors.

WELL Institute is on a tear right now with the pandemic stimulating huge demand for ratings and certifications globally. Right now, the team that brought health consciousness into the workplace is in expansion mode and recruiting 18 new roles globally. This includes three new roles in Singapore due to “our huge growth in SE Asia, and a new hire in Australia as well” according to vice president, Asia Pacific Jack Noonan.

“These will all support our growing Asia Pacific efforts; pioneered, as always, by Australia which continues to punch way above its weight when it comes to uptake of WELL, and health, wellbeing, and social sustainability efforts” Noonan said. 

Total staff numbers are currently somewhere close to 100, he said.

Elsewhere, Jay van Rijn has joined environmental enterprise Greening Australia as director of commercial development. He was previously the head of climate corporate development strategy at South Pole, the world’s largest carbon project developer.

Markus Lambert has left his position as general manager, solar and energy, at LG Electronics Australia. A recognisable name in household electronics, the 1.5 million of the company’s solar panels have been installed in Australian homes and businesses during the past decade. 

Our pick of the jobs

Stantec is hiring a senior sustainability engineer to be based in Perth.

John Holland is recruiting a sustainability lead to work on the Metro Tunnel Project, which will untangle the City Loop by taking three of Melbourne’s busiest train lines through a new tunnel under the city.

Join Edge Environment as principal sustainability consultant – carbon and climate resilience. The job is Melbourne based.

And check out our job ads for calls for new staff from the NSW government, Buildings Alive, Arup and Efficient Living.

with Tina Perinotto