Structural Engineering – These candidates continue to be in demand from mature graduate to senior level. The high level of building assessments and strengthening projects taking place nationally, Christchurch rebuild and ongoing local refurbishment and new build project work across the country has created an even bigger shortage for Structural Engineers. Engineering Consultancies are requesting BEng qualified, preferable within New Zealand based on NZ design codes and local Seismic design awareness is preferred with CPEng qualified being very desirable to sign off on projects. The salary banding for Structural Engineers has also increased based on the demand across this candidate short market.
Civil Engineering Design (Transport, Water & Infrastructure) – Civil Engineers with five-plus years experience in design and project management are always in demand. Projects vary in the Wellington market so this demand fluctuates, however most engineers with NZ experience find roles fairly quickly.
Geotechnical Engineers – Geotechnical Engineers with NZ bachelor degrees and anything from three years experience are always in demand in Wellington. A particular demand for senior Geotechnical engineers with 10+ years experience and NZ CPEng has been seen over the last year, as these are the rarest in the market and almost every consultancy in NZ would be interested in interviewing this type of candidate.
Land Development Engineers – There is a high number of subdivision projects under way, combined with an inability to use overseas talent in this sector, which is fuelling the demand for these professionals.
Land Surveyors – Candidates are in demand due to the high volume of work and small number of local graduates available..