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Jobs Report Arch NZ - Jul to Dec 2018



July – December 2018

Hotspots of skills in demand


Over half (53 per cent) of employers in New Zealand expect to increase permanent staff levels in the next 12 months, exceeding the 8 per cent who say they’ll decrease. According to the 2018-19 Hays Salary Guide, 18 per cent also expect to increase their use of temporary and contract staff, exceeding the 11 per cent who anticipate decreasing in this area. Meanwhile, 21 per cent now employ temporary and contract staff on a regular ongoing basis, with another 41 per cent employing them for special projects or workloads. 

The architectural job market is certainly active, specifically within the large scale commercial and industrial sector. There is also plenty of activity within the residential sector as people want to purchase their first property.

Architectural practices are looking for Registered Architects, as well as Project Architects at a senior level in response to a pipeline of projects. Candidates require project management experience as well as strong client interaction and communication soft skills.

Practices are also looking for both Revit and ArchiCAD Technicians, proficient in creating detailed construction documentation with an emphasis on commercial, educational and residential experience.

Architectural Technicians who are also licensed building practitioners (LBP) are needed too. These candidates can sign off work so a project can progress to council consent.

Senior Architectural Designers are in high demand, especially those with commercial design experience.

Finally, Associates with practice management experience are needed. 

Salary trends 

Almost two-thirds (64 per cent) of employers will give skilled professionals a pay rise of less than 3 per cent in their next review while 8 per cent will not increase salaries at all. According to the 2018-19 Hays Salary Guide, a further 22 per cent will give staff an increase of 3 to 6 per cent. Just 6 per cent will increase by 6 per cent or more.

Employees however have higher expectations for a salary increase. Over two-thirds (69 per cent) say a salary increase is their number one career priority this year. 26 per cent expect an increase of 6 per cent or more. A further 22 per cent expect an increase of between 3 to 6 per cent. At the other end of the scale, 19 per cent do not expect any increase and 33 per cent expect less than 3 per cent.

For more, see our Hays Salary Guide

Jobseeker advice

Upskilling has become a constant requirement to remain employable in today’s rapidly changing world of work. After all, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is here and rapidly gaining ground. Many jobs are being automated via technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things and cloud computing.

Research from management consulting firm McKinsey suggests about 60% of occupations could see at least a third of their job tasks automated. Meanwhile, a report published by Deloitte claims the half-life of learned skills is now about five years.

To find out how to stay relevant and employable in the face of all this rapid change, see our upskilling advice here.