Following his first trip to Brisbane, State Manager Ed Hewitt chats with us about what his impressions are of the current travel employment market in the sunshine state:
Q. What were your first thoughts?
A. My initial observation of the Brisbane market is that its pace is a lot like the QLD culture, a bit more laid-back and easygoing than Sydney or Melbourne!
To be honest, I can see tremendous opportunity for rapid growth in the next few years.
Generally, wages do appear lower overall when compared to Sydney and Melbourne, but this is directly comparable with the lower cost of living. Brisbane is a beautiful city and I really enjoyed my time there connecting with our clients and candidates, hearing about their goals and objectives.
Q. Tell us about what employers had on the agenda?
A. Employers are hiring! Every client I met on the ground was hiring or had plans to hire in the next 6 months, indicating a buoyant market primed for growth.
It was positive to see established employers in the market have in place solid salary models and commission structures.
Quality candidates are certainly in demand right across the broad spectrum of roles within the travel industry.
Q. What are candidates looking for?
Candidates overall are not in a hurry to move for just any role and are looking for career progression and employers with great Employee Value Propositions (EVPs).
For me, the huge positive from the trip was that both clients and candidates were pleased to see TMS Talent on the ground in Brisbane meeting face to face.
With a number of Brisbane roles on the go, our relationship based approach has certainly been well received and I’m keen to get back there in October.