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The 5 Most In-Demand Commercial Construction Roles for 2020

clock icon Published Thursday, February 27, 2020 / By Gary Montgomery

Australia’s commercial construction sector has had a slower than expected year. However with a multitude of large projects either getting underway or in the pipeline for the next year, experts are predicting a much more promising year for 2020.


Australia’s commercial construction sector has had a slower than expected year.

However with a multitude of large projects either getting underway or in the pipeline for the next year, experts are predicting a much more promising year for 2020.

So what does this mean for the industry’s professionals? 

A wealth of opportunity. The abundance of projects is creating an increasing demand for talent who can fill a number of roles. And, while we are seeing stronger salaries in the new build sector, the gap between new build and fit out is beginning to narrow.

In this article, we’ll take a look at the 5 that are going to be most sought after in the coming year.

1. Site Managers ($160,000 - $230,000)

As some of the major projects like Barangaroo wrap up, new ones like the Western Sydney Airport are just beginning. Such massive undertakings will create thousands of jobs, but they will especially need experienced and skilled Site Managers for the life of the projects.

These professionals can expect several years of job security. The airport project, for example, will take more than a decade to complete, with the opening date currently scheduled for 2031.

2. Foremen ($100,000 - $160,000)

Foremen, particularly those needed for large scale commercial projects, are hard to come by. That’s why 2020’s surge of commercial construction will make them highly sought-after talent. These experienced construction workers are needed to manage the crews working on site, providing their expert guidance and ensuring progress stays on schedule. 

3. Project Managers ($140,000 - $220,000)

With the demand for Project managers still far outstripping supply, these workers can expect a positive outlook for 2020. Employers are willing to offer highly competitive salaries and benefits in order to secure the most qualified candidates.

This is because a good Project Manager can make or break a project’s success, making them crucial to large-scale commercial builds, where investments from corporations, venture capitalists, and even the government can create higher stakes. 

4. Leading Hands ($75,000 - $95,000)

So many projects are coming up in Australia, but these endeavors will all have to meet ever-tightening safety restrictions and work standards. To achieve this, 2020’s projects will need to recruit Leading Hands to manage small groups within crews and supervising their work. Those with experience on large-scale projects will be especially favoured, as will those who have strong leadership and safety skills.

5. Site Installation Supervisors ($90,000 - $120,000)

As a lot of the larger commercial projects are trending towards the tail end of their build, fit out is becoming a top priority. Therefore, so too is hiring Site Installation Supervisors. These experts are needed to oversee the installation of materials and systems, and the subcontractors who are performing those installations. 

The number of projects at various stages in their building cycle ensures that Site Installation Supervisors will have plenty of work opportunities coming up for years on end. 

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The new year doesn’t have to be more of the same. You can transform your career with the help of one of Australia’s top recruitment agencies for the construction sector. Core Talent has earned a reputation as one of the country’s most effective matchmakers of skilled construction professionals and desirable employers. 

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