The Australian infrastructure and construction industry is undergoing a period of profound change, bringing new opportunities and exciting change when it comes to infrastructure construction jobs. Australia’s population is projected to expand to over 30 million people by 2031 and our economy is in a state of transition, governments are managing fiscal constraints, new technology is changing the way we live, and the impacts of climate change can’t be ignored.
The infrastructure construction jobs industry is on an exciting cusp to meet these challenges and successful companies will do well to view the current economy as an opportunity. Infrastructure plays a vital role in strengthening our position in the global economy while enhancing the livability and productivity of our cities and regions and continues to support growth.
How are the construction and infrastructure sectors going to do this?
We foresee that Australia is already on the road to growing a dynamic economy. By focussing on extracting the best value of our existing infrastructure and sustainably funding new investments, Australia will continue to be prosperous and sustainable with secure infrastructure construction jobs and opportunities.
The current landscape is exciting!
Infrastructure and construction activity is on a rebound, but we are thinking it’s more likely to be a boom, and according to our sources it’s expected to grow by 10% to $62 billion next year!
Matt Director of Enhanced Resourcing
How will this impact on infrastructure construction jobs?
The infrastructure construction industry seems to have an endless supply of jobs in the current market. Recruiting agencies and internal recruiters are finding it difficult to place candidates in infrastructure construction jobs. And it’s not just in Australia. There are worldwide reports that placing infrastructure construction positions with talented employees is arduous.
The job demand… Not just in Australia!
In many countries, development, infrastructure, and construction companies have spent years struggling to fill job positions with suitable employees and retaining them is the other challenge. In the United Kingdom, hard-to-fill vacancies have more than doubled since 2011. In the United States, 86% of contractors struggle to fill key job positions. The industry has an entrenched gender gap, with women comprising only 13% of the workforce overall and an even smaller percentage in less physically demanding, highly-skilled management positions. A rapidly aging workforce further complicates the sector’s employment outlook. The share of employees who are aged 60 and older is increasing faster than any other age group while the proportion of employees under 30 is falling the fastest, according to a World Economic Forum survey.
The Future of Infrastructure Construction Jobs in Australia
While the above landscape for the infrastructure and construction industry sounds daunting, we only see it as an opportunity. The future of infrastructure construction jobs in Australia is a good one and here’s why. We can see that with advancements in infrastructure and mining developments there isn’t a shortfall in jobs. This means that employers are going to have to get smarter about how they fill their roles. Here’s how…
Attracting the right people through modern technology
The Infrastructure and construction industry hasn’t moved very quickly when it comes to technology and has resulted in stifled productivity. An ongoing industry-wide shortage of qualified workers is among the key reasons for this issue. This has single handily undermined project management and execution, adversely affecting cost, timelines, and quality. This has had some negative effects on the infrastructure industry with more and more people being attracted to innovative job roles rather than a good classic blue collar career.
What you can do about it?… Attract the next-generation employees. The younger generation is fascinated by modern technology and as a company, we recommend encouraging the adoption of new technologies through learning and development. Some of the newest technologies that we recommend investing in are the building information modeling (BIM), automated equipment and cloud-based collaboration tools, all of which could also massively improve productivity in the industry.
Using the environment and sustainability innovation to attract great candidates
The industry is known to have a significant impact on the environment. It is a major consumer of raw materials and producer of construction-related waste. Not only that, did you know that buildings create 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions? There is a solution… with all the new environment and sustainability innovation, we see that this could be an opportunity for growth in the industry. Infrastructure construction companies will do well embracing this as an opportunity to attract forward-thinking and innovative employees and contractors to solve the environmental impact and increase sustainability. We are excited by this prospect and can’t wait to see what the future holds in this area. We would love this to inspire change in the industry and maybe one of your employees can be a pioneer in this field?
With that in mind here is a snapshot of some of the exciting infrastructure projects in Brisbane and Sydney that are going to be the next big thing for infrastructure construction jobs in Australia we are looking forward to seeing what these developments will bring in the way of jobs and innovation.
Brisbane’s Future Infrastructure Construction Projects
Cross River Rail
- Cross River Rail Brisbane is an exciting plan for a new 10.2 km rail line between Dutton Park and Bowen Hills, with 5.9 km of the tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD. New, high-capacity stations at four inner-city locations and an upgrade of the Exhibition station will provide and improve direct access to more places of work, study, and recreation.
- In June 2017, the Queensland Government allocated $2.8 billion to start building the rail link. The remaining $2.6 billion of capital costs and other project costs is proposed to be allocated in future budgets. The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has announced, The winning consortia will be revealed in late 2018, with construction in the 2nd quarter of 2019. The Labour Government has stated the project will provide more than 1,500 infrastructure and construction jobs in Brisbane each year during construction, and boost the Queensland economy by $70 million.
Inland Rail – Brisbane to Melbourne
- The construction of Inland Rail will sustain thousands of crucial jobs in regional and urban areas, with up to 16,000 direct and indirect jobs supported at the peak of construction, and an additional 700 infrastructure and construction jobs during operation in Brisbane. It will reduce the number of B-double trucks on our major highways, helping to make our Brisbane roads and towns safer.
- It will complete the ‘spine’ of the national freight network between Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. It’s the largest freight rail infrastructure project in Australia, with early works to start this year and is expected to be operational in 2024-2025.
- The Inland Rail project takes advantage of 1,200km of existing rail corridor and will involve the construction of around 500km of new track. This builds on decades of investment by the Australian Government, the States and the ARTC in the Australian rail freight network.
ADANI – Carmichael Mine
- The Carmichael coal mine is a proposed thermal coal mine in the north of the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland, Australia. Mining is planned to be conducted by both open-cut and underground methods. The mine is proposed by Adani Mining, a wholly owned subsidiary of India’s Adani Group. The development represents a $16.5 billion investment.
- At peak capacity the mine would produce 60 million tonnes of coal a year, much of it “low quality, high ash”. In court, Adani said it expects the mine to produce 2.3 billion tonnes over 60 years. It would be the largest coal mine in Australia and one of the largest in the world. The mine would be the first of several large mines proposed for the Galilee Basin and would facilitate their development.
- Exports are to leave the country via port facilities at Hay Point and Abbot Point after being transported to the coast via rail. The proposal includes a new 189 km rail line to connect with the existing Goonyella railway line. Most of the exported coal is planned to be shipped to India… having said that it is still a great opportunity for all those in the infrastructure construction job industry.
Sydney’s Future Infrastructure Construction Projects
- WestConnex is 33 km of a motorway scheme currently under construction in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The scheme, a joint project of the New South Wales and Australian governments, encompasses widening and extension of the M4 Western Motorway, a new section for the M5 South Western Motorway, combined project value of $16.5 Billion.
- The initial M4 widening and King Georges Road Interchange Upgrades began construction in 2015 and were completed in 2017; The M4 East and New M5 Tunnel stages started work in mid-2016 and are due for completion in 2019 and 2020 respectively; the final stages, M4–M5 link, Iron Cove Link and Sydney Gateway are expected to begin construction and will be a massive opportunity for anyone looking for a new infrastructure construction job opportunity in Sydney.
Modification to WestConnex M4-M5 Link
Although still in the early stages of planning, the WestConnex third stage was officially approved in April 2018.
- It will consist of a new motorway tunnel between a yet to be designed portal at Haberfield and the St Peters Interchange. It will connect the M4, and the M5, with direct connections to the Anzac Bridge and provision for a future Western Harbour Tunnel. A late addition, publicised in July 2016, includes a 1 km (0.62 mi) tunnel from the Iron Cove Bridge to the still being planned interchange at the Rozelle rail yards, to bypass the congested Victoria Road corridor. Stage 3 would also form the southern section of an eventual Inner West bypass of Sydney’s CBD increasing infrastructure construction jobs in Sydney.
- This stage was also to involve the construction of the Sydney Gateway, a mooted high capacity link that is supposed to link the New M5 and M4–M5 Link at St Peters to the northern end of Sydney Airport. Planning on Sydney Gateway began in 2015. As of 2018, the route still has not yet been selected. Major construction is required to begin by 2019 for the road to be completed on schedule in 2023.
The Future of Infrastructure Construction Jobs in Australia
The future of infrastructure construction jobs and the industry is going to be an exciting one to watch in Australia. There are so many opportunities for both companies and employees to embrace the current infrastructure environment and move it forward with technology and innovation. After all, it really is for all of our future!
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