While the demand for architects slowed down during the economic recession, this has now dramatically shifted to surging demand for architectural skills. The two biggest industry drivers at the moment are the continuing population growth in Auckland, and the after-effects of the earthquakes in Christchurch and the surrounding Canterbury region. Combined with the ongoing activity in Auckland, employers are predicting ‘strong growth’ for architectural jobs between 2015/2016.
Outside Christchurch, it is anticipated that the recovery in the construction industry will be led by Auckland. With Auckland’s population already toping 1.5 million and the impact of projected future growth, there is significant forward work flow for the architectural sector, particularly in multi-level residential and the commercial and retail sectors.
The key demand areas for this year will be Registered Architects, Graduate to Intermediate Architects, Senior Architectural Technicians and Intermediate Architectural Technicians. There is also a desire for candidates with ArchiCAD, Revit and BIM experience. Employers who are prepared to move quickly and offer strong salary package incentives are certainly enjoying greater success with their hiring than those who are less proactive.