WORK­OUT Keen to ex­pand staff

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The job mar­ket is get­ting bet­ter all the time — but it de­pends on whose per­spec­tive. From the em­ploy­ers’ view, it is get­ting tougher and there are few signs of skills short­ages eas­ing.

De­spite the short­age, Aus­tralian em­ploy­ers are plan­ning to hire more staff as eco­nomic con­di­tions re­main strong.

The Man­power Em­ploy­ment Sur­vey, re­leased this week, says job out­look will re­main quite strong in the last quar­ter of this year, hav­ing im­proved by about 2 per cent over the pre­vi­ous quar­ter.

The sur­vey of more than 2500 em­ploy­ers across Aus­tralia shows busi­ness man­agers will be ac­tively en­gaged in hir­ing staff in the next three months.

‘‘ Aus­tralia’s em­ploy­ment out­look is very en­cour­ag­ing,’’ says Man­power’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Scott McLachlan. ‘‘ The slight in­crease in hir­ing in­ten­tions com­pared to the pre­vi­ous quar­ter ap­pears to show that hir­ing man­agers are again feel­ing more con­fi­dent about tak­ing on new staff over the next quar­ter.

‘‘ This con­fi­dence and in­crease in de­mand must be bal­anced against the tight labour mar­ket that ex­ists across Aus­tralia, as the skills short­age is con­tin­u­ing to cre­ate very real struc­tural changes to the work­force al­ready. Com­pa­nies must now be re­think­ing their strate­gies to en­sure they can at­tract and keep the right tal­ent,’’ McLachlan says.

He says the sur­vey re­sults show em­ploy­ers in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, Syd­ney and Tas­ma­nia in­tend to hire more staff in the next three months.

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