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Facilities Management industry takes off in New Zealand

Facilities Management industry takes off in New Zealand

Demand for facilities management services in New Zealand is set to grow in the months ahead as companies continue to outsource the management of their buildings and assets, says recruiting experts Hays Facilities Management.

Contract Managers, Facilities Managers and Facilities Coordinators are among the roles topping the list of skills in demand in the Hays Quarterly Report for July to September 2015.

“Facilities management as an industry continues to grow in New Zealand. While it has always been a larger market overseas, we have certainly noticed a recent change in the market with a far higher demand for skilled Facilities Managers,” says Jason Walker, Managing Director of Hays in New Zealand.

“With building standards becoming more detailed, Facilities Managers with building compliance knowledge are sought. In addition, Facilities Managers with a trade background are needed because employers value their knowledge and general maintenance skills.

“Employers are also looking for mid level Facilities Co-ordinators. The private sector is most active in this area following the movement of candidates within the market and also due to changes in the ownership of contracts, which have led to restructuring. Vacancies in these areas are typically permanent.”

Contract management is another skill in demand in today’s market, according to the recruiter.

“A lot of available roles in contract management involve responsibility for both a portfolio of sites as well as maintaining relationships between clients, tenants and contractors,” says Jason.

“This is where we are seeing a bridge between building management and facilities, and these roles require candidates who can juggle different aspects of large sites, including preventative and planned maintenance as well as tenant management.

“Candidates with experience in facilities management tend to be either former tradespeople with strong hard services and technical skills, or corporate and great with systems reporting and invoicing. There are not many candidates who are strong on both sides so those who can develop new skills will be well positioned to exploit future job opportunities as they emerge.”

For the full list of skills in demand, please view our Hays Quarterly Report.

Hays, the world’s leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled people.

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