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Jobs Report FM 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.

Given vacancy activity, hotspots of skills in demand are emerging. Demand will be high for Facilities Managers across the country, but particularly in Wellington where proven project management experience, including upgrades and refurbishments, is needed. With a large portion of buildings undergoing strengthening or refurbishment in Wellington, proven project management experience is sought. Candidates must also have a strong understanding of the local market and experience dealing directly with sub-contractors.

Intermediate Facilities Managers are required in response to a strong leasing market, which creates a need from building owners for a professional to look after their building.

HVAC Maintenance Technicians are needed in response to the strong construction sector. Higher rates are attracting these candidates out of the traditional service sector. Maintenance Electricians are needed for similar reasons.

FM Engineers are in short supply due to the multi-skilled nature of the role. Employers look for good overall building services experience, however there is a shortage of such professionals.

Works Planners are also needed by large public and private institutions, which reflects the increase and complexity of programs of works.

In terms of soft skills, good management and leadership skills are valued. Employers look for candidates with a proven ability to build positive staff engagement, reduce turnover and nurture a positive culture. This need will only increase as skill shortages intensify.

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

Add examples to your CV to demonstrate your capabilities. Understand the New Zealand qualification requirements. Tailor your CV to reflect the role you are applying for.

In addition, 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.