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New York interiors is heating up

Posted By James Hawley, Executive Vice President, Veredus | Hays on Tuesday, Dec 22, 2015

New York Interiors BlogThe holidays are upon us and as 2015 comes to an end, it’s time to start evaluating the past year - is your career where you wanted it to be? Perhaps it’s time to make a change and there is no better time than the New Year. One of the many ‘hot’ areas in construction worth taking a look into is interiors.

Office space construction continues to flourish throughout New York City, thanks in part to large development sites like Hudson Yards and the World Trade Centre. New York Building Congress reports that in 2015 and 2016, a total of 9.7 million square feet of new office space will be constructed in 19 separate buildings across Manhattan.

But the big ‘hot’ ticket items, driving demand for qualified and experienced professionals in the interiors sector currently are coming from alterations and renovations (A&R) of existing office space. In the first six months of 2015 alone, A&R projects have a total worth of $1.7 billion, up from $1.2 billion during the same time in 2014.

So what are leading interior contractors and construction management firms in New York looking for?

 "Many of the employers we work with have expressed a need for hungry junior and mid-level project managers who are willing to take initiative and who enjoy the fast pace and turnaround of interior construction projects. These projects are not limited to the world of corporate interiors and also include retail, hospitality, educational and healthcare sectors. Candidates who have the ability to manage multiple projects at any one time are in high demand, as are those with experience in occupied renovations," says Gemma Beasley, Hays’ specialist recruiter in interiors in the New York area.

Hays’ Construction Recruitment and Retention Guide 2015/16 reveals that project managers are one of the top two target areas employers plan to hire in across the US. Seventy-eight per cent plan to hire project managers in the next six to 12 months alone, second only to Superintendents (80%).

What does this mean for you?

With New York office construction at a 25 year high, if you have experience in the local market as a project manager, then your skills are in hot demand. If you’re currently looking for a job or thinking about next steps or career path options, now is the time to consider your prospects in interiors.

Check out current opportunities in New York or get in touch.

Find out more about James Hawley
, Executive Vice President, an expert in Construction & Property

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