HR professionals will be busy recruiting staff this year
as Australia’s labour market continues to improve
and employer confidence grows.
The Hudson Report: Employment Expectations
showed that confidence among employers has built
on last quarter’s promising start to the year with a
further 2.4 percentage point increase in sentiment.
It also revealed a net 31.5 per cent of employers
are now reporting plans to increase their permanent
staff levels during the April – June 2010 period.
The proportion of employers looking to raise
their permanent staff levels increased to 36.7 per
cent this quarter compared to 35.5 per cent last
quarter, up from 18.6 per cent 12 months ago,
Meanwhile the proportion looking to reduce
headcount decreased to 5.2 per cent from 6.3 per
cent last quarter, down from a peak of 17.8 per
cent 12 months ago.
Mark Steyn, chief executive of Hudson Australia
and New Zealand, said: “This is the strongest level
of employment sentiment we have seen since the
first quarter of 2008 and it is clear that Australia’s
economic prospects are now looking very positive.
Business investment is improving, business and
consumer confidence is buoyant, housing prices are
increasing and commodities prices are on the rise.”