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Overcoming Australia's Infrastructure Talent Shortage: Tips from Expert Consultants

Posted on November 2023 By LVI Associates

Overcoming Australia's Infrastructure Talent Shortage: Tips from Expert Consultants

In a highly competitive job market, attracting and retaining top talent is a critical challenge for companies operating in Australia's infrastructure, water, transport, and environmental sectors. The skills shortages in these fields have left businesses struggling to find and secure the right talent to meet their needs. To address this issue, we recently hosted a webinar featuring expert consultants from these markets, who shared their tips and advice on how companies can attract and retain top talent in the world of infrastructure engineering. 

Understanding the Talent Shortage

The talent shortage in the Australian infrastructure industry is a pressing concern. Companies often face challenges in attracting and retaining high-caliber talent. This is where employer branding comes into play. To stand out from the competition, businesses must focus on showcasing their culture, values, work environment, career development opportunities, and more. Several strategies have proven effective in establishing a compelling employer brand:

  • Job Ads and Online Presence:
    Generic job advertisements are no longer sufficient. Today's top talent seeks more than just a job description. They want to learn about the company's culture, benefits like flexible working arrangements, and past successful projects.

  • Social Media and LinkedIn:
    In the modern job market, an online presence is everything. Candidates research companies on platforms like LinkedIn to understand the company's reputation, culture, and what current and past employees say about it.

  • Showcase More Than Your Business:
    Highlighting industry leaders, community engagement, and partnerships with educational institutions can make your company more attractive to candidates.

Attracting Talent During Interviews

Candidates often speak with multiple companies simultaneously, so making your company stand out during the interview process is crucial. Here's how you can achieve this:

  • Tailor the Role:
    Tailoring the job description to fit the candidate's unique skills and motivations can set your company apart from the competition.

  • Show Diversity and Inclusion:
    Emphasise diversity and inclusion practices in your job advertisements. Make sure your job descriptions are gender-neutral and explain how employees benefit from the company's practices.

  • Clear Career Progression:
    Discuss and put in writing the career advancement opportunities your company offers. Candidates are looking for clear paths for career progression.

Attractive Offers Beyond Salary

While salary is essential, companies can also attract candidates with other benefits. Here are some creative ways companies are making their total compensation packages more appealing:

  • Equity and Shares:
    Offering shares or equity can entice candidates to stay with your company for the long term.

  • Performance-Based Reviews:
    Consider guaranteeing salary reviews based on performance, skill acquisition, or other key factors.

  • Sign-on Bonuses:
    A sign-on bonus as part of the initial offer can make the opportunity more enticing.

  • Flexibility:
    Highlight any flexible working arrangements and benefits that improve work-life balance in your offer.

  • Career Development:
    Offer candidates opportunities for career advancement and learning and development.

Post-Offer Considerations

The job isn't done once the candidate accepts the offer. To ensure they stay engaged and committed, consider onboarding processes that involve your existing team and provide flexibility. Keep in touch with the candidate until their start date.

Australia's infrastructure and related markets are facing a talent shortage, but there are creative strategies to attract and retain the right professionals. Companies can succeed by focusing on employer branding, offering attractive benefits beyond salary, and providing clear career progression paths. To navigate the competitive job market successfully, remember that the candidate's journey extends beyond the offer acceptance. To watch the webinar recording, clickhere.

Get in Touch

If you have further questions or need additional insights, feel free to reach out to our expert panel. We hope you found these tips and advice valuable in addressing the talent shortage in the Australian engineering market.

Elizabeth Pugh
Senior Vice President
(Head of Australia)

Milan Vidanovic
Associate Vice President
(Environmental)

Laura Chan
Principal Consultant
(Water)

Chantel Li
Senior Consultant
(Transport)

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 >> Revisit the webinar recording