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Skill and Salary Trends Across Defence Industry

By Kinexus on 25 May 2017
Kinexus’ second edition of the Defence Industry Insights will be released soon, and in it, we look at a range of facts and analysis gleaned from our extensive surveying and engagement with the Defence Sector community. We have pulled together results from our regular Defence Sector Salary Survey, as well as insights gained from speaking to senior workforce planners across the sector regarding skill trends and what skills will be in demand over the next 12 months.
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What is the Defence Support Service Panel - and What Could It Mean to Workers?

By Kinexus on 18 May 2017
The Defence Support Service Panel, or DSS Panel, is the latest iteration of the panel that the Capability, Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) use to acquire professional services from industry. About 1,000 to 2,000 people are employed by Professional Service Provider (PSP) companies in Defence Sector, so this will effect a fair proportion of the white collar workforce. The grandfather of DSS was called the Defence Material Organisation Support Services (DMOSS) Panel, which came into being in 2005. The Request For Tender (RFT) for the DSS panel was released in April this year, and it contains a significant change to the old way of doing business. CASG has indicated that between four and six companies will be chosen as Major Service Providers (MSP). These MSP will be able to bid for large scale work, like the current Integrated Support Contracts (ISC), where a single company will be charged with running the above the line engineering, logistics and project support services for a whole program or Systems Program Office (SPO).
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Asset Management as an Emerging Skill in Defence

By Kinexus on 11 May 2017
Do you remember when you bought your first car? You scraped together enough for a deposit, got a loan at the ridiculous interest rate, found the ‘dream’ car and thought you were a gun at negotiating with the car dealer. You probably immediately went out and put a new stereo in it, or bought better mag wheels. Was it a good investment decision? It doesn’t really matter – it was your first car. Mine was a cappuccino coloured Mazda, and yes, it had a great stereo. So, what does buying your first car have to do with Asset Management? As it turns out; quite a bit. Many military people quickly understand the basics of asset management – having a capability (an asset), that meets your mission profile (performance), delivered at the lowest cost (value for money) and is fit for purpose (risk). Pretty simple stuff. And, since you’re reading this article you probably have some interest in asset management. However, how to ‘do’ asset management remains a mystery to most. Now, I am quite biased on this topic – I work as an asset manager for a rail company. I have been involved in gaining ‘PAS 55’ and ISO 55000 certification. We were some of the first in Australia to do so. And what’s more, I learnt the basics of asset management when I worked for Defence.
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Defence Sector Job Vacancy Index

By Kinexus on 4 May 2017
We at Kinexus are very excited about the upcoming release of our newest Defence Industry Insights and salary survey data. Surveying the Defence Sector on salary levels is something we have been doing since 2005. Of course, being able to see what’s happening with salary levels and worker expectations is one thing, but to get a better picture of what is going on, we need to look at indicators of demand from the employers themselves. Hence, we decided to create the Kinexus Defence Sector Job Vacancy Index.
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Career Success Tips from Defence Industry Experts

By Kinexus on 27 April 2017
The road to success is often a long one and can seem too far in the distance or even unachievable at times, particularly in an industry as complex as defence. Defence is going through huge changes at the moment, with an abundance of new opportunities to grow and strive towards success; whatever that means to you. To help guide you through to your personal success, Kinexus asked some of the industry’s brightest what they think contributed to their current successes. Here are the three main tips we encountered across all interviews.
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What is a Security Clearance?

By Kinexus on 20 April 2017
Many Defence Industry and government roles will require some level of security clearance to work on defence projects and be privy to sensitive information. A security clearance is a status given to someone that has been checked and vetted for the eligibility to access and deal with security classified information. It gives someone access to certain levels of information, with the higher the clearance corresponding to the higher ‘sensitivity’ of the information. The two most common questions we hear about security clearances are around how to get one and how long the process takes.
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The Attraction of Graduates to the Defence Sector

By Kinexus on 13 April 2017
Two weeks ago I attended the ‘Pitch at Parliament’ night. It was a forum for around 150 grads to hear a one minute pitch from Defence Industry employees, and then participate in a round of speed-dating like discussions between grads and employers. Most of the grads present were from an engineering or technology background, and most of the presenters were multinational engineering companies. Now, I know that when we at Kinexus are asked to recruit an engineer with five-ish years’ experience, we find it tough to do. The main reason for this is that from 2009 until 2015 the Defence Sector was contracting, not growing. There were few new projects, and there was little incentive for organisations to hire grads. The outlook today is very positive though, with $195B in procurement and upgrade projects planned over the next ten years. Given this surge in investment in new ADF capability, there are a few companies that are currently looking to recruit DOZENS of graduates this year as they plan to build the workforce that will deliver these projects.
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The Latest Developments Across the Australian Naval Sector

By Kinexus on 6 April 2017
We shared a blog post six months ago about the major projects happening across the Australian Naval Sector. With a great response to the article and so much happening in the sector, we thought it would be a great idea to put together another update. Here are the current developments across some of the major Australian naval projects including SEA 1000 (FSM), SEA 5000 and SEA 1180; as well as the current skills in demand across the sector and other naval activities happening throughout the industry.
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What Recruiters Look for in a Defence Industry Resume

By Kinexus on 30 March 2017
With hundreds of resumes coming across our desks each week, we know what makes a standout resume and candidate within the Defence Sector. If you’re looking for work and want to catch the eye of internal HR or industry recruiters, you need to know that not all resumes are considered equal. When it comes to comparing resumes of Defence Industry candidates, there are extra details you should be adding around your skills and experience for the niche defence audience. Here is a simple how-to guide for composing a clear and defence specific resume with all the tips from our industry recruiters.
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Mark’s Take on The 2017 Avalon Airshow

By Kinexus on 23 March 2017
The 2017 Avalon Airshow and Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition was the biggest in recent history with 600+ exhibitors, 600+ aircraft on display and 200k+ people through the gates. The show kicked off well and could not be ruined, not even by my personal admin, which included having to replace a pair of suit pants that I split on the Monday! I thought to myself, “these things usually come in threes”, and low and behold, they did, but more on that later.
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