WORKOUT Active recruitment sign of confidence
RECRUITMENT of full-time employees has not lost any momentum despite the shortage of well-qualified candidates, according to a Hays survey.
More than 58 per cent in a study of 1700 employer responses have reported increasing the number of permanent staff. About 11 per cent reported a decrease and the rest had no change in staffing levels.
More than two-thirds said engineering staff levels rose. Other areas which showed an increase were distribution (67 per cent of employers), operations and sales & marketing (62 per cent) and IT (60 per cent).
Engineers are foremost among the employees riding the boom.
In the next year, more than half of those surveyed were hopeful of increasing staff levels.
‘‘ Again, the most confidence is coming from the engineering industry, where 75 per cent of employers expect to increase their staff levels,’’ says Hays director Darren Buchanan.
‘‘ This is followed by operations (64 per cent) and distribution (62 per cent).
‘‘ These finding suggest the recruitment market remains very healthy,’’ Buchanan says. ‘‘ Business confidence is strong, employers are looking to increase permanent staff levels and the use of contractors is very high.’’
The survey reported that 66 per cent of employers were using temporary or contract staff through a recruitment agency.
‘‘ Employers are not letting the skills shortage stop them from recruiting, with both employers and recruitment agencies facing the challenge head-on by developing new and innovative attraction strategies to source the skills they need.’’