Hir­ing plans hold de­spite con­cerns

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MORE em­ploy­ers plan to hire rather than hold staff lev­els steady or lay off work­ers this quar­ter, Man­power’s lat­est Em­ploy­ment Out­look Sur­vey re­veals.

It finds an over­all hir­ing in­ten­tion of 9 per cent, with 20 per cent of em­ploy­ers ex­pect­ing to hire more staff while 11 per cent will de­crease or keep staffing lev­els the same.

Man­pow­erGroup Aus­tralia and New Zealand manag­ing di­rec­tor Lin­coln Craw­ley says the jobs mar­ket ap­pears to be re­silient in the face of eco­nomic con­cerns, such as the car­bon tax, the con­tin­u­ing cri­sis in Europe and fears of a Chi­nese slow­down.

‘‘ While the last 12 months have seen a slow down­ward trend for em­ployer-hir­ing con­fi­dence, there is cer­tainly no sign of panic,’’ Craw­ley says.

Em­ploy­ers in the ser­vices sec­tor re­port the most pos­i­tive hir­ing in­ten­tions with a net em­ploy­ment out­look of 16 per cent – an in­crease of two per­cent­age points com­pared­with the pre­vi­ous quar­ter.

Hir­ing plans de­creased by 8 per cent in the past quar­ter in fi­nance, in­sur­ance and the real es­tate sec­tor.

‘‘ The econ­omy is un­der­go­ing sig­nif­i­cant change so job­seek­ers need to fo­cus on the ar­eas that are grow­ing and be will­ing to adapt,’’ Craw­ley says.

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