Hays Jobs Report reveals facilities management skills in demand for 2018

Hays recruitment has released its January to June 2018 Jobs Report, detailing which skills are in demand, or what recruiting, salary or candidate trends are impacting various sectors.

The Hays Jobs Report is a guide to current hotspots of recruitment activity and trends. It is updated twice a year to reflect changing market conditions.

Within the realm of facilities management, the areas of skills in demand are:

Security schedulers will be in high demand during the first half of 2018, since more companies are getting their PM’s or service managers to schedule their work to save on costs. Consequently, this is driving up demand for security schedulers.

Control room operators will be in demand too. Employers want candidates with experience rather than solely a security licence. Strong communications skills are also in short supply.

Cleaning estimator is a relatively obscure job title, with people typically performing this function as part of another role. As a result, stand-alone candidates are rare.

Strong facilities helpdesk candidates are in short supply for temporary assignments.

Facilities managers/facilities coordinators will also see demand for their skills. The number of new and ageing buildings is increasing the need for planned and reactive maintenance. The winning of new tenders or contracts also often brings new opportunities, as does the loss of contracts which incites movement from candidates seeking a new opportunity.

Maintenance/handypersons with an all-round maintenance skill set across a number of areas are required too.

Program managers will be sought by government departments that are running large programs of works. Candidates need to be able to manage multiple building projects concurrently.

Property officers will be in demand too in government departments. Candidates require leasing, licensing, disposals and acquisitions experience.

Chefs with bulk catering and fly-in fly-out experience will be sought in certain locations, such as South Australia.

Finally, dual trades are in demand for both FIFO and Perth-based positions. This includes electricians with a full refrigeration licence.

For further information visit www.hays.com.au/report/index.htm.

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