The good news is jobs in design and architecture have increased by 6 per cent since July, and engineering jobs by 5 per cent. Image by Manchester School of Architecture

For the first time since April, SEEK recorded a decline in job ads in August, reporting a reduction in job ads by 2 per cent month on month. 

The boom in jobs in manufacturing, transport and logistics, trades and services and construction seems to have cooled slightly (reporting a month on month drop of 3 per cent, 1 per cent and 2 per cent respectively). 

The good news is jobs in design and architecture have increased by 6 per cent since July, and engineering jobs are up by 5 per cent. 

Across the different states and territories, some states have sprung back to pre-Covid recruitment levels. This includes Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Northern Territory. Other jurisdictions are still recovering, such as Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. 

Deals in community solar 

In news from Australia’s close-knit but growing community solar industry, Haystacks Solar Garden has announced community-owned energy retail company based in Byron Bay Enova Community Energy as the retailer partner to deliver on bill credits to its solar gardeners.

Claiming to be Australia’s first community-owned energy retail company, the company helps communities to power themselves with locally generated, stored and distributed renewable energy.

The Haystacks Solar Garden also claims a first as Australia’s first major offsite solar garden project, which allows people to “buy” a plot and reap the benefits of the power generated as a discount on their power bills.

The solar garden in the NSW Riverina region is the work of community solar group Pingala, the Community Power Agency and Komo Energy.

Job movements 

Major property and analytics company Corelogic Australia has put a catastrophe risk expert – a specialist in evaluating and managing natural disaster risk – as head of consulting and risk management Australia. 

In a sign that the investment world is waking up to the impacts of environmental destruction, Pierre Wiart has been selected to lead the team in Australia and New Zealand that will focus on climate risk and risk management for the insurance and financial services segments. 

Mr Wiart was formerly the managing director – Australia and New Zealand, of Risk Management Solutions (RMS) Australasia, a catastrophe modelling firm.  

CoreLogic has recently forces with Munich Re, a reinsurer with strong climate analytical capabilities. The aim is to arm clients with robust information to manage risks presented by weather-related natural disaster events .

Global engineering consultancy Norman Disney & Young has promoted Nicki Parker to building sciences & resilience leader.

She joined the company three years ago as sustainability manager, based in Brisbane, hand has since worked her way up the sustainability leadership ranks.

Fiona Martin has moved from an operational manager role at the University of Technology Sydney to be sustainability manager at the NSW Department of Education.

Global investment manager Nuveen has appointed Shusaku Watanabe as head of real estate in Japan. Mr Watanabe was previously director of Asia Pacific capital markets, a role that was based in Singapore. 

The US-based investment manager has started showing leadership in sustainability in the region through its Asia Pacific Cities Fund, which is designed to offer investors access to “future proof resilient cities in this exciting and growing Asia Pacific region.”

Our pick of the jobs

Mirvac needs a residential sustainability manager for a 12 month contract while Rochelle Phillis goes on parental leave. 

Knight Frank is on the hunt for a sustainability consultant to help develop the real estate company’s environmental plans and NABERS improvement strategies. The role is based in Sydney. 

Are you an engineering grad looking to get into sustainability? Apply to John Holland’s 2020 Internship Program to join its sustainability team in Cairns.

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