WORK­OUT Mood buoy­ant

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EM­PLOYER con­fi­dence lev­els in Aus­tralia are at record lev­els, a Hud­son sur­vey says. More than 40 per cent of em­ploy­ers ex­pect to in­crease staff lev­els in the next quar­ter (July to Septem­ber), the sur­vey of 7788 em­ploy­ers shows. About 5 per cent ex­pect to re­duce their work­force. Com­pared to the pre­vi­ous quar­ter, there has been a net in­crease of 2.5 per cent on the pre­vi­ous quar­ter in em­ploy­ment ex­pec­ta­tion fig­ures (those in­creas­ing staff lev­els mi­nus those de­creas­ing lev­els).

The labour mar­ket re­mains ex­tremely tight, says Hud­son Aus­tralia/New Zealand man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Gary Laz­zarotto. ‘‘ This is the sixth con­sec­u­tive quar­terly im­prove­ment in em­ploy­ment sen­ti­ment across Aus­tralia, and it doesn’t look like slow­ing down.’’

This is a good time to build a com­pany’s em­ploy­ment brand, says Laz­zarotto.

‘‘ A strong, well-com­mu­ni­cated em­ploy­ment brand can trans­late into sig­nif­i­cant com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage, such as at­tract­ing good tal­ent, bet­ter en­gage­ment with cur­rent staff and en­hanced or­gan­i­sa­tional per­for­mance.’’

Em­ploy­ment con­fi­dence lev­els are high in the pro­fes­sional ser­vices sec­tor, with 55 per cent of com­pa­nies show­ing an in­ten­tion to re­cruit more staff. West­ern Aus­tralia recorded the high­est level of em­ployer sen­ti­ment, with 52 per cent of em­ploy­ers in­tend­ing to hire.

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