Opportunities in the civil engineering boom

Victoria’s engineering boom: key statistics

In the last 10 years, the Australian population has increased by over 3 million people, making it no surprise that the engineering industry is currently thriving. In Victoria alone, huge projects including the Metro Tunnel and Melbourne Rail have been rolled out as we strive to create infrastructure that can accommodate for the influx of people. Given that the population is predicted to continue increasing by 125,000 people a year, there is no doubt that this evolving industry will continue to dominate.

Despite speculation about the residential construction downturn, Victoria’s engineering construction actively broke state records last year, reaching $16.7 billion (an increase of 25.8% while the national average dropped by 34%.)

This sector has also grown by $490 million in the past year, bucking the trend and becoming the highest annual growth rate of mainland states, according to new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – a growth of over 13.4% in the past year and a staggering 71% since November 2014, amounting to around $7 billion.


The reality of Victoria’s civil workforce: a recruiter’s perspective

The question many are asking is: do we have the manpower to complete these projects to the standard and the deadlines initially outlined?

Also, how will these large-scale projects (which pay extremely high salaries) impact the smaller businesses?

As a recruiter, I have seen both positive and negative impacts stemming from the growth of civil. There are many younger workers in the industry who have had a short stint on larger projects and are expecting the wages or salary to be the same upon moving to smaller companies. This has led to placements becoming more difficult, as smaller companies often cannot match their requirements.

On the flip side, I am seeing much more experienced workers who are looking to leave major projects due to the politics and amount of red tape involved. These experienced workers often have more reasonable salary expectations, as they’ve been in the industry much longer.

Though there are pros and cons, Melbourne remains one of the best cities in the world and these projects will benefit all once completed.

I think the best perspective to take can be summed up in this quote by Leon C. Megginson:

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”


Is it time to get specialist advice on vacancies and opportunities in civil?

JV Recruitment are actively recruiting for a range of positions in the civil construction and engineering fields, including:

  • Project Manager
  • Leading Hand
  • Foreman
  • Estimator
  • Site Engineers
  • Structural Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Site Supervisors
  • Project Engineers
  • HSE Advisor
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Project Engineers


To learn more about current vacancies in this market and how we can help you find your next career move or fill a position, contact us today.

For information on civil salaries, check out our Salary Guide detailing the low, average and high salary ranges in civil construction.


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Kyi Dennis

Kyi Dennis

Kyi is the Team Leader for the Civil recruitment permanent division. He has worked in recruitment for over 4 years, focusing on civil, construction, engineering and educational services.

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