05 January 2011

Australian job ads rose 3.2 per cent in 2010

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The number of job vacancies Australia-wide rose 3.2 per cent last year, a recruitment agency has reported.

Australian economy

The increase in job vacancies is being seen as an indication of the strength of the Australian economy.

The increase is a further indication of the strengthening of the Australian economy after the global financial crisis.

IPA Recruitment reported that the number of job vacancies rose 3.2 per cent in 2010 over the previous year, with work in Australia in the food, transport and logistics sectors particularly strong.

IPA Recruitment CEO, Tricia Phillips, expects mining and associated industries to be the main drivers for jobs growth in 2011.
"Australia is a resources-rich country and this will continue to be our strength this year," she said.

"The continuing appetite for resources will again drive employment growth in this market.

"Equally, business associated with the mining and resources market will also continue to enjoy an upturn," she said.

Official capital expenditure data for the September quarter in 2010 showed resources investment rose by 15.5 per cent from the quarter before, which suggests that exports from mining and energy are about to rise even further.

Ms Phillips said employers have been pre-planning in December to allow newly-hired workers to hit the ground running in the New Year.


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