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A warm welcome to the CGC Recruitment June 2014 newsletter. In this month’s edition we will have the usual focus on interesting developments within the Construction & Engineering Industry, we will hear from one of our specialist recruiters and also the goings on within the inner sanctum of CGC!

In last month’s newsletter we reported on the federal budget and the impact across the Construction and Engineering industry. Whilst CGC recruit nationally it’s the NSW budget that caught our eye this month.

Industry news

For the year ahead (2014 / 2015) the NSW budget has allocated $15billion to infrastructure.

The budget will focus on rebuilding the state, with significant projects such as the North West Rail Link securing $863 million for major construction works. The budget also allocated $398 million for construction of WestConnex, which it describes as the biggest road project in the country.

Funding totalling $265 million will help begin work on the CBD and South East Light Rail project, and $103 million will be used to finalise construction of the South West Rail Link.

The budget also announced $400 million would be set aside for a light rail service in Parramatta.

Projects including the redevelopment of the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition and Entertainment precinct and Western Sydney roads to support Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek will also receive funding and Commonwealth support.

In the years ahead, the government will invest $400 million in the NorthConnex project, and $3.9 billion for water and waste water projects to service urban development across Sydney, the Illawarra and Blue Mountains.

It also promised $4.6 million for a feasibility study into an orbital road linking the Central Coast to the Illawarra via Western Sydney. Other feasibility studies to receive funding include those for a Northern Beaches motorway tunnel, an extension of the F6 and route corridor for the M9 – North, South and West.

In health, the budget announced $4.4 billion would be allocated for hospital upgrades over the next three to four years.

Upgrades will include the stage one redevelopment of St George Hospital, Westmead Hospital, redevelopment of Gosford Hospital and the expansion of Sutherland Hospital.

The investment will also fund ongoing major works including a new Byron Central Hospital, Blacktown and Mt Druitt hospitals (stage one), Campbelltown Hospital (stage one), Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital (stage one), Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, Tamworth Hospital and the new South East Regional Hospital at Bega.

School infrastructure and regional tourism infrastructure will also see multimillion dollar investments.

CGC Recruitment is closing in on its 4th birthday, during which time they have established some of their strongest networks in the Sydney infrastructure and building industry. CGC look forward to having a direct impact on the exciting changes coming in the NSW market. If you are interested in becoming the next employee at CGC please contact David Cox or Nick Curtis.

This month we hear from Dave Hope, Principal Consultant – Building on his current take on the market.

As a recruiter who has been operating in the NSW building market for over 7 years I have seen the market change quite drastically from year to year. The positivity in the current market in my opinion is at the highest it has been since 2007 and it looks like it will continue to improve.

The residential sector is what is causing a lot of the demand for new staff at the moment with multiple roles across NSW for Finishing and Structures Foreman who have experience in delivering large scale apartment projects.

Other sectors such as Commercial, age care, industrial has also seen a rise in tenders with multiple projects due to start in the next 3 months, builders who specialise in delivering projects from $15M to $50M with benefit from this mini boom.

The building sector finally appears to be getting back to where it needs to be which therefore has an effect on available candidates in the market, as a recruiter I am finding it harder and harder to find good people for the our current live roles, the current demand in order is:

  • Foreman (finishing/structures)
  • General Foreman
  • Project Managers
  • Site Managers
  • Contract Administrators
  • Site/Project Engineers

Here at CGC Recruitment we are expecting a very busy remainder to the year in the NSW building market.

Life at CGC Recruitment

With plenty of football fans at CGC HQ, World Cup fever has certainly hit the office this month.

The customary sweepstake was drawn with people hoping to get tournament favourites Brazil. It was probably Nick Curtis pick of 3 which seemed most attractive, if you were looking for a nice holiday destination at the last minute; Greece, Spain and Portugal.

On Thursday 22nd May 2014 CGC raised a cuppa in aid of the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea. There was plenty of effort by all both in donations and in the kitchen with some tasty cakes, biscuits and treats!

Funds were raised for a great charity along with some exotic tea consumption. Please see attached a picture of CGCs James Loomes who enjoys a cuppa!

What a handsome bunch!

With the World Cup buzz throughout the office CGC ran a ‘Team Colours’ day in the office recently.

From left to right, Evan Morgans (Scotland – football shirt – yes folks, if you wish to know the shirt for the team that’s absent from all major tournaments here it is), Nick Curtis (England – football shirt – building for 2018), Ken Coleman (Australian – football shirt –adores Tim Cahill!), Steve Morris (England – football shirt – building for 2018) and Dave Thompson (Irish – rugby shirt – in denial the tournament is happening).

See you next month.