February 2014 Newsletter
It’s been an exciting month at CGC HQ, in this month’s newsletter our civil infrastructure specialist Kenneth Coleman provides us with some market insights, our Office Manager Glynis Macdonald reflects on the October – December incentive and we are pleased to announce a new arrival…
Ken Coleman, Principal Consultant – Civil Infrastructure
It has been an exciting and busy start to the New Year which has seen a number of significant projects awarded. This should be the start of an increase in workload specifically for NSW and companies are starting to put their plans in place how to resource staff for these future projects. The market has seen some significant increase in competitiveness with some top tier overseas companies starting to make their mark on major projects, package 2 of the NWRL being the highest profile projects amongst the recent awards. There has also been a major tender battle between two of the more established tier one companies in Australia for the M1 – M2 with an announcement due soon. With some other major projects due to be awarded NSW should again be in the position as the major employer for civil and infrastructure for the foreseeable future.
These projects are spread across the state with major investment on transport and community infrastructure. With commercial construction also being extremely busy the specialist civil contractors are seeing a surge in tenders and a shortening in timeframes for project approval and commencement. The demand for both contract and permanent staff is on the increase with clients looking to source for projects where there will be a need for specialist skills. Some of our clients are now asking will there be a skills shortage which is a welcome change from previous years. I currently have a high demand for RMS experienced candidates such as project engineers, senior project engineers, estimators and project managers for Sydney based projects.
October – December incentive review with Glynis Macdonald, Office Manager
In recognition of a record performance in the October – December quarter the CGC team embarked on an exciting adventure – lunch by seaplane! We boarded at Rose Bay on a picture perfect Friday afternoon and embarked on an incredible flight over Sydney Heads and the Northern Beaches, up the Hawksbury River and over the Brooklyn Bridge to the very secluded Peats Bite.
We landed at this beautiful venue buzzing from the thrill of the flight and after wandering along the wharf taking in our remote surrounds, we were greeted with a refreshing drink.
Now we had truly arrived! The delicious nine course degustation menu which followed was devoured with gusto and a great mix of table banter and jokes. A swim in the pool was a great way to digest and get ready for the scrumptious dessert and drinks…
After being completely spoiled in this ‘tropical island’ setting we hopped (& stumbled) back on the seaplanes for our return which included a scenic flight around stunning Sydney Harbour.
Keep up the great work guys.
Who knows where our next incentive will take us?
As announced in last months newsletter Israel Morrison collected his Ipad, thanks for the pic Israel, look out for future upcoming incentives with the CGC team.
In arguably the most exciting news of the month CGC are delighted to announce the birth of Henry James Grantham born 17th February 2014, weighing 8lb 1oz. Congratulations to James and Gillian hopefully not too many sleepless nights ahead!