Op­ti­mism in find­ing new work high

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AUS­TRALIANS

are among the most op­ti­mistic peo­ple in the world about find­ing a new job, the Rand­stad Work­mon­i­tor finds.

The spe­cial­ist re­cruit­ment and hu­man re­source ser­vices com­pany sur­vey re­veals op­ti­mism is at its high­est in 12 months. Only work­ers in Poland, Sin­ga­pore, China, In­dia, Ar­gentina, Chile and Mex­ico were sim­i­larly op­ti­mistic.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Fred van der Tang says high con­fi­dence in the labour mar­ket has shad­owed a steadily de­clin­ing un­em­ploy­ment rate.

‘‘There is an ob­vi­ous and log­i­cal cor­re­la­tion be­tween un­em­ploy­ment and op­ti­mism in labour mo­bil­ity,’’ he says. ‘‘Un­em­ploy­ment is cur­rently sitting at 4.9 per cent – its low­est level since the on­set of the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis. When the labour mar­ket con­tracts . . . it cre­ates fierce competition as em­ploy­ers battle to at­tract and re­tain the best tal­ent.’’

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