WORKOUT 40 hours not enough
ABOUT two out of three Australians work more than 40 hours a week, according to a Talent2 survey.
Nearly half the workers in the survey of 1334 say they are working harder than they were two years ago.
Construction, engineering and manufacturing sectors extract the most work out of employees. Property, legal and HR areas are not far behind.
Among the states, NSW is in the forefront, with three out of four from the state working more than 40 hours a week. Queensland, Western Australian and South Australia are ranked after NSW.
‘‘ Twenty or 30 years ago there was a perception that Australians were lazy layabouts with a beer in one hand and a TV remote in the other,’’ says Laura Mabikafola, Talent2 general manager.
‘‘ Today workers from all over Australia are undeniably some of the hardest working people on the planet, with working hours comparable to those in any of the great international cities like New York, London or Paris.
‘‘ Over the past few decades we have been conditioned to believe work does not just begin at 9am and finish at 5pm. With the advent of the internet, Blackberries and mobile phones, work goes wherever we go.
‘‘ The hours we work are outcome driven, rather than process driven.’’
War for talent
THE talent battle is by no means over. More than 60 per cent of the organisations in a survey by Vedior Asia Pacific reveal they are struggling to attract skilled candidates.
If retaining talent was the focus of organisations last year, attracting it in sufficient numbers will characterise this year’s efforts, Vedior says.
More than 40 per cent of companies in the survey show they have plans to expand their workforce.
‘‘ The laws of attraction in recruitment are being rewritten by candidates who make decisions about a potential employer on both an emotional and a rational level,’’ says Vedior Asia Pacific’s chief executive Debbie Loveridge.
‘‘ With the power firmly in the candidate’s hands, it is up to the employer to differentiate their employment value proposition and clearly define what it is that makes a career with them unique.
‘‘ With the realisation that the shortage of labour is having a real impact on the bottom line, employer branding is likely to be put on the agenda of every boardroom table in the country,’’ she says.