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Staying Connected with Defence after Leaving the Forces

By Kinexus on 6 July 2017
Keeping connected with defence and up-to-date with Defence Industry on a regular and ongoing basis will be important if you see your long-term career being in or around defence projects. You might be having a career break, leaving uniform, trying out another industry for a while or even considering working in Defence Industry for the first time. However, with the expansion of defence and Defence Industry in the coming years, along with changing technology, it would be advisable to keep up-to-date with trends, new skill set requirements and project news to make the transition back, or in, to the defence game more successful. Some ideas on how to stay connected and-up-to-date on defence news are as follows:
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Our Defence Industry Workforce Survey Results

By Kinexus on 29 June 2017
Whether you’re a job seeker, or a hiring manager, having insights into the expectations and characteristics of the talent pool can help you make better decisions. Since 2005, Kinexus has been surveying the Defence Sector workforce to gain insights on the composition and expectations of the workforce. This survey represents data collected in December 2016.
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Our Wrap Up of the Defence + Industry Conference 2017

By Kinexus on 22 June 2017
The Defence + Industry Conference 2017 got off to a loud start on Tuesday last week at a gala dinner the night before the conference. Dep Sec Kim Gilles asked for a bit of Hollywood, and Footy Show host Erin Molan (daughter of ex Chief of Army) and comedian Vince Sorrenti delivered! However, they did not upstage the awesome efforts of the Essington Lewis finalists. The conference the next day commenced with capability updates. Being in the defence people business, I was paying particular attention to the updates and challenges that would affect the workforce within the Defence Sector. I noted the following points on people matters from various presenters in two large defence organisations.
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The Importance of Not Burning Bridges in the Defence Industry

By Kinexus on 15 June 2017
The Australian Defence Industry is about to experience unprecedented growth over the coming decade due to increased Government spend; with the majority of our major platforms being either replaced or significantly upgraded and changing technology to counter new and emerging threats. This will create a lot of opportunities and present people with more career/employment options than they've had in a long while, particularly when demand starts to outweigh supply. This is an opportunity you can seize and make the most of, but conducting yourself in the correct manner and with respect is as vital as ever. Essentially, ours is a small community and reputations do go a long way. You never know who you may work for or with again in the future and therefore not burning bridges is important.
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7 Considerations to Make Before Becoming a Defence Industry Contractor

By Kinexus on 8 June 2017
Our soon to be published Defence Sector Jobs Vacancy Index will show that the rate of contract/ temp jobs in the Defence Sector is rising faster than permanent jobs. This is fairly typical of an industry in growth mode, and with demand for permanent workers with Defence Sector skills about to outstrip supply, many companies will seek to fill the gaps with contracted talent. Obviously, there can be a number of advantages to taking up contract roles:
  • Greater flexibility
  • Opportunities to work on a wide range of projects
  • Higher earning potential
  • Less company politics to consider
  • More opportunity for career breaks and travel
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What Makes It All Worthwhile: Rewards of a Career in The Australian Defence Industry

By Kinexus on 1 June 2017
For those considering a transition into the Defence Industry, there are many advantages and valid reasons to take the step. Every industry comes with its rewards, but as an industry currently experiencing huge changes and rapid growth, taking a step into the Defence Industry now can offer great opportunities for people. The Australian Defence Industry is experiencing one of the largest growth and transformation periods in its history. It is currently made up of around 3,000 SME’s and local businesses spread across the country. In coming years, this number and the amount of individuals working in the sector will need to increase in order to deliver on all the projects committed to in the 2016 Defence White Paper. So, there are plenty of opportunities opening up in Defence Industry at the moment, but is it worth the change? To answer this question, Kinexus spoke to some of the industry’s best and brightest to ask what they think makes their roles in the industry so rewarding.
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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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