WORKOUT Keen to expand staff
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.