Kiwi’s are well aware of the current predicament facing Auckland: a surge in demand has propelled property prices through the roof and there is seemingly no limit to how high prices will go. Initiatives such as the government’s $1 billion fund to fast-track developments will help balance out the supply/demand curve, but it’s safe to say supply will always be outpaced by demand as Auckland remains one of the most attractive and liveable cities in the world.
Naturally, a soaring property market leads to a boom in the construction industry with high skilled and high paying roles popping up left, right and centre. Perhaps the greatest skill shortage facing New Zealand is in the area of Quantity Surveying – a crucial element to any construction project. Local skill shortages can force recruitment companies such as the team here at Franklin Smith to scope outward to places like the US and UK for the right candidates to fill their employers positions. Regan Higgins, Director of Franklin Smith, knows this all too well:
“We have a seemingly endless number of Quantity Surveyor jobs available here in Auckland due to the increase in commercial developments currently underway.”
Major developments such as Auckland’s proposed railway network, the fast track approval of CBD apartment blocks, and a variety of commercial real estate projects mean candidates coming through even with intermediate levels of experience can expect good pay and career growth. Yet, a construction boom as prosperous as Auckland’s has the potential to tempt candidates away from intrinsic value and draw them toward dollar signs. Like any working relationship you have to strike the right balance between expectations, duties, pay and career growth: remembering that there is increased time and growth pressures on […]