Defence Industry Hiring Intentions for 2019

By Kinexus on 17 April 2019

In the three years since the Defence White Paper was published the Defence Industry has evolved in many ways. Increased federal funding and prioritisation have resulted in growth across the industry, which presents a wealth of opportunities and challenges.

To help inform the industry we serve, we published our fifth edition of the Kinexus Defence Industry Insights in February 2019.

In compiling the publication, we conducted a detailed analysis of the hiring intentions of defence engineering and technology companies by consulting business leaders and managers about their hiring intentions over the next 12 to 18 months. We found that:

  • From early 2019 to mid-2020 the Defence Industry is expected to expand by over 2,730 positions across the country or an increase in the overall workforce of 11.7% of the surveyed companies.
  • Most of the hiring activity is for new projects and does not include the majority of ‘business as usual’ recruitment.
  • Significant hiring requirements will be expected as companies redistribute their workforces to new projects or lose workers to competing organisations.
  • Most of the recruitment will be for white-collar or specialist technician workers. However, there will be an increasing amount of blue-collar recruitment from mid-2019.
  • Most recruitment will be for positions in the Naval Sector.
  • SA will experience the largest proportion of recruitment across the country.

Distribution of expected hiring for permanent positions
 This graph represents the distribution of expected hiring for permanent positions in 2019/20 by Defence Industry organisations, as seen as a percentage of total hiring by state.

Comparison of hiring intentions over time

This table provides a comparison of current data with that provided in the Kinexus Defence Industry Insights, 3rd Edition, which provided an overview of hiring intentions from mid-2017 to the end of 2018.

For information on factors contributing to hiring activity in each state, sector and skill tends and more, download a copy of the fifth edition of the Kinexus Defence Industry Insights here.

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

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