A joint research report by KPMG and the Australian Institute of Project Management highlights a more positive sentiment within Australian industry than originally thought.
Despite a turbulent year, the report suggested the overall picture for project management was more positive, with an ever increasing demand for project management skills.
Now in its third year, the survey of over 550 Australian project management professionals identifies the issues and trends in project management in Australia.
With almost two-thirds of respondents indicating that project managers had a positive image in their organisation, the report said the ability to deliver projects and programs was a valuable, and valued, skill.
However, the report highlighted a need to ensure that newer professionals to the project management profession had the skills required to manage increasingly complex projects.
“The demand for quality and experienced project managers in Australia has been high for a number of years,” AIPM chief executive officer Elizabeth Foley said.
“With the Australian government gearing up to deliver major projects to restart the economy, the competition to attract talent will be even higher.”
Overall, the results of this year’s survey revealed that project delivery in Australia remained strong in the face of challenging and unprecedented times.
As expected, the COVID-19 pandemic had some impact on project delivery in 2020, with 58 per cent of respondents stating they had been moderately or significantly impacted by the delay to projects and programs of work.