Many wait to weigh up offers
MORE than one-third of professionals will wait to receive two job offers before they accept a new role, research finds.
Recruitment consultants Robert Walters find that 38 per cent of Australian staff will not take their first job offer, unlike their counterparts in the UK, Singapore, New Zealand and Switzerland.
Managing director James Nicholson says Australian workers seem unfazed by negative sentiments about opportunities in the employment market.
They appear confident enough to wait for more interest to come from employers in their talents.
‘‘ In the face of ‘ doom and gloom’ economic reports, there is still an overriding optimism and willingness to wait for the right offer,’’ Nicholson says.
‘‘ This is a strong indicator that the market will survive the downturn as it did the last one.’’
Global results from the survey found 36 per cent accepted their first job offer, 32 per cent of professionals made a decision after receiving two offers and 17 per cent had three offers before accepting one.
Five per cent waited until they received four offers and 10 per cent had received five or more offers before making a decision.