WORK­OUT Ac­tive re­cruit­ment sign of con­fi­dence

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Career One -

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.’’

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