Many wait to weigh up of­fers

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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.

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