Gold winner: Randstand
Silver winner: Hudson
Bronze winner: Redpath Partners

With the decline in Australia’s mining industry, the pressure has been on the construction industry to take up some of the slack. Fortunately, the story has been positive over the past 12 months. The latest data from SEEK Employment Trends shows a 13% year-on-year increase in job ads for the construction industry to October 2016.

Candidates are in particularly high demand in NSW and Victoria, with Queensland also seeing a resurgence in construction-related roles – particularly project management and contract administrative roles. In Sydney alone, the NorthConnex and WestConnex projects, which are still in the planning stages, will likely keep the construction industry busy in coming years.

Gold winner Randstad acknowledges the talent shortage for certain roles within construction and engineering, but takes pride in the relationships and networks it has built with leading organisations in these sectors.

“It will be more important than ever for recruitment consultants to show the value to clients through insights and the ability to deliver top talent – that is, to be a true business partner,” says Felicity Empson, HR director at Randstad.

She adds that although the recruitment industry is being disrupted with technology Randstad firmly believes there will always be a place for individuals to apply their intuition and human instinct, and provide quality service to their clients and candidates while harnessing the available technology for an efficient process. “It’s about having the right balance of technology and the human touch – we call it tech & touch,” Empson says.