Em­ploy­ers face a ner­vous few months

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EM­PLOY­ERS are less op­ti­mistic about hir­ing new staff in the next three months, new re­search re­veals. The Man­power Em­ploy­ment Out­look Sur­vey finds 26 per cent of com­pa­nies ex­pect to hire com­pared with 29 per cent in the past sur­vey in March.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lin­coln Craw­ley says the na­tional em­ploy­ment mar­ket is be­ing held back by the ‘‘ner­vous­ness of sev­eral Aus­tralian in­dus­tries’’. ‘‘The con­fi­dence seen in the early stages of the re­cov­ery has re­verted to un­easi­ness for em­ploy­ers in some sec­tors,’’ he says.

More pos­i­tive hir­ing in­ten­tions are in the min­ing, con­struc­tion, ser­vices, trans­port, fi­nance, in­surance and real es­tate sec­tors.

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