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Hiring intentions survey indicates employment stability

  • Posted on Monday 14th, January 2019.

A representative sample of 1,500 employers in Australia have responded to a survey that asked them how they anticipate total employment at their location to change in the three months to the end of March 2019 as compared to the current quarter.

According to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, Australian employers report positive hiring intentions for Q1 2019, with 18 per cent of employers expecting to increase payrolls, four per cent forecasting a decrease and 77 per cent anticipating no change. The resulting net employment outlook is +14 per cent.

Workforce gains are reportedly anticipated in all four organisation size categories during the forthcoming quarter. This includes micro (less than 10), small (10-49), medium (50-249) and large (250+).

Employers in all eight regions expect to grow payrolls during the coming quarter. The strongest labour markets are anticipated in Victoria and Tasmania with net employment outlooks of +16 per cent and +15 per cent respectively.

For sector comparisons, mining and construction sector employers report the strongest hiring prospects with a net employment outlook of +22 per cent, while transportation and utilities indicate a steady result with +18 per cent. The most notable increase of seven percentage points is reported in the transportation and utilities sector.

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