Steady but strong hiring outlook

According to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, the Transportation and Utilities industry increased hiring intentions to an outlook of +16 per cent – making it a ‘quiet achiever’ of the year 2012.

The survey, which measures over 2,200 Australian employers’ hiring intentions for the coming quarter, found that 13 per cent plan to decrease hiring for the first quarter in 2013, while 20 per cent plan to increase and two-thirds will make no change.

“These sectors have been quiet achievers this year, with steady but strong hiring outlooks being maintained in spite of difficult employment conditions facing the broader Australian economy. Notably, both sectors’ hiring intentions showed very little change through the implementation of the carbon tax, despite fears that it would lead to job losses,” said Lincoln Crawley, Managing Director of Manpower Group, Australia and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, Australia’s economic juggernaut – the mining and construction industry – took a slight hit this quarter, dropping eight percentage points to an Outlook of 0 per cent – the weakest forecast since late 2009. The drop-off follows reports of declining demand amid lower prices for commodities such as iron ore and coal.

Initiated more than 50 years ago by Manpower Group, the Employment Outlook Survey measures hiring confidence among more than 65,000 employers in 42 countries and territories.

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