Victoria’s job market is really starting to feel the pinch of its second lockdown, with the state seeing SEEK job ads in July decline by 12.8 per cent on a month-on-month basis.

The decline was not as sharp as the first lockdown, however, with SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks suggesting that small and medium enterprises pivoted swiftly in the past month to find new ways to operate but “we expect next month’s job ad volumes to tell a different story after Melbourne entered Stage Four restrictions in the first week of August.”

Building and construction has been allowed to continue at what Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has described as “pilot light levels” under the stage four restrictions that came into force earlier this month, with heavy cuts to the numbers of staff allowed onsite at once. Larger projects are looking at a workforce trimmed to about 25 per cent the normal size.

Nationally, jobs in construction are up by 8 per cent month-on-month, with plant and machinery operators, estimators, forepersons, supervisors, and project management roles in hot demand last month.

This hasn’t stopped construction industry body Master Builders Australia calling for more federal government stimulus into the industry in its pre-budget submissions released on Monday, including an extension for the controversial HomeBuilder grants scheme and the creation of a similar grants program for commercial construction projects.

(According to recent media reports “fewer than 250 people have applied for the Morrison government’s HomeBuilder scheme.”)

The MBA is calling for another tranche of investment worth $1.3 billion that will create more than 4500 additional new jobs and boost GDP by up to $4.5 billion, Denita Wawn, CEO of the association, said.

Construction isn’t the only job market looking sunnier. Skills in manufacturing, transport & logistics were also in demand last month, up by 9 per cent month-on-month.

The only other jobs market yet to see a job market rebound is the Northern Territory, with the state of the territory’s economy front-of-mind with less than a week until the Northern Territory election

Jobs movements

It’s not exactly hot-off-the-press but Matt Williams started a job at LCI Consultants as principal of the sustainability team in April. He was formerly a sustainability manager at Lendlease.

  • See related story on Matt Williams (coming soon)

In internal job movements, Amanda Kerr has been appointed as the permanent Hunter region area manager after acting in the role since February. The environut engineer had been at for over 13 years.

After five years of working at AMP Capital, Kylie O’Connor has been promoted to the leadership group to lead its real estate business after Carmel Hourigan left that role to join Charter Hall. Luke Briscoe takes over Ms O’Connor’s former job as chief operating officer after several years as head of office and logistics. It’s just part of the changes underway at one of Australia’s oldest companies, after the controversial appointment of Boe Pahari as chief executive amid allegations against him of sexual harassment.

Our pick of the jobs

Corporate sustainability experts at major development and construction businesses have not historically fared well under major economic downturns so it’s a good sign that Frasers Property Australia is hiring a sustainability advisor to join the team based in its Sydney office,

Another company on the growth path is Edge Environment, which recently bumped its numbers up to around 30 full time staff mainly in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide with the appointment of “sustainability change-maker Dr Viv Heslop.

Dr Heslop will be head of built environment and sustainability implementation, based in Melbourne, after 20 years in consulting, sustainable urban development, infrastructure and government administration. projects, and delivering environmental management and due diligence services. Her work has been focused in New Zealand in government related roles, most recently Auckland Council as head of resilience and strategy.

Buildings Alive is looking for a few more smart cookies to join its team of building energy and environmental performance experts, including a product/platform development manager and a front-end developer. The job is based in Sydney.

The Port of Townsville, which owns and manages the ports of Townsville and Lucinda in North Queensland, is looking for a sustainability officer. The port is the country’s largest sugar, molasses, zinc, lead, copper and fertiliser port and is currently being expanded.

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