Sustainability jobs are growing consistently with many organisations now treating environmental, social and governance as core business, according to Talent Nation.
Managing director Richard Evans said sustainability jobs took a hit when the economy slowed down in 2013 but the number of jobs have improved steadily since.
“Sustainability always seems to wear it harder than most,” he said. “Year on year it’s consistently grown.
“It’s not a massive surge – we are not seeing a bubble – but there’s this confidence. It’s pretty strong and it’s flowing through into the sustainability sphere.”
Large infrastructure projects in NSW and Victoria are certainly boosting the number of sustainability jobs on offer.
“The investment in infrastructure in Sydney has been massive over the last couple of years and that has really driven a lot of the growth,” Mr Evans said.
“Victoria is the next cab off the rank with some major infrastructure projects looming that are coming through the feasibility phase so organisations are starting to prepare for that. There will be sustainability credentials or capabilities required as part of the process.
“Certainly when that moves to construction it will continue to grow in Victoria definitely and NSW has a pipeline of projects for a number of years to come at the moment.
“I’m not seeing any slowdown in the near future. If anything, I think it’s going to get busier. I think sustainability is starting to become a core part of doing business but I still think there is a long way to go with a lot of organisations too.”
Talent Nation has been pretty active in the property space over the past few months working with Mirvac, CBUS and ISPT. Consultancies are another big area.
“The consultants are definitely busy at the moment – they’re all struggling to find good staff. More the strategy consultants so the EYs, KPMGs, PwCs and the like.”
Mr Evans said employers are on the lookout for candidates with a mix of technical and commercial skills.
“Whether it’s environment or health and safety or climate change, so it’s blending that with the commercial skills, and that seems to be where the challenge lies in terms of finding individuals that can really straddle those two areas.”
Growth surge at Architectus results in new Melbourne studio
Architectus recently made 14 new appointments across its Sydney and Melbourne studios, on the back of a stellar 12 months of project wins in infrastructure, arts and culture, education and tall buildings.
In the past 12 months, the architecture, urban design and planning practice has added 23 staff members to its Melbourne team and a massive 32 new employees in Sydney.
The growth in Melbourne has prompted a relocation to 385 Bourke Street to house the expanding team.
Ray Brown, managing director of Architectus, said: “The quality of people joining our practice is critical to the success and growth we are currently experiencing.”
With 37 new projects across the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide studios in the past year, the company is continuing to recruit top Australian and international designers.
“Infrastructure and urban regeneration are particular areas of focus right now, with a number of city-changing projects underway and in the pipeline,” Mr Brown said.
Recent major infrastructure wins include Sydney Metro with the METRON consortia, Parramatta Light Rail and Canberra Capital Metro.
Education, arts and culture projects include the Art Gallery of NSW Sydney Modern project with Japanese architecture and design firm SANAA; the State Library of Victoria redevelopment in partnership with Schmidt Hammer Lassen; Macquarie University Central Courtyard Precinct and Incubator; and a number of school projects in both Melbourne and Sydney.
Sydney appointments are: senior associates Silvia Cupik, John Jeffrey and Ian Stanger; and associates Andres Caceres, Nuno Do Vale, Angela Collings, Oscar Stanish, Ivan Ip, Rachel Nesbitt and Nick Bucktin.
Melbourne appointments are: senior associates Trevor Coolledge and Stephen Perkins; and associates Daniel Pike and Madeleine Joyce.