Strong headcount growth on horizon, research shows

by 14 Sep 2010

More than a quarter of Australian employers expect to increase headcount in the next few months.

According to ManPower’s Employment Outlook Survey, the next financial Quarter will see two-thirds of employers with no headcount change while six per cent are predicting a decrease in staff numbers.

This results in an encouraging overall ‘Net Employment Outlook’ of +21 per cent.

Compared to the previous quarter, the Outlook is down by three percentage points, but year-on-year, hiring prospects have improved sharply, and the Outlook is 21 percentage points stronger.

Over 61,000 employers across 36 countries and territories have been interviewed to measure anticipated employment trends between July and September 2010. All participants were asked, “How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in the three months to the end of September 2010 as compared to the current quarter?”

Western Australia employers reported a vigorous employment plan, with a bright Net Employment Outlook of +37 per cent. Healthy headcount growth is anticipated in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, with Outlooks of +26 per cent, +23 per cent and +22 per cent, respectively.

Meanwhile, employers in Tasmania report a more cautious forecast, with an Outlook of +8 per cent.

In the Asia Pacific region, hiring plans are strongest in India, Taiwan, China and Australia, with Taiwanese and Chinese employers reporting their strongest hiring plans since the surveys began there in 2005.


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