Hiring plans hold despite concerns
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.