11 September 2007

Australian job market buoyant

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Australia's job market has a bright future, with one third of employers planning to hire new staff in the December quarter, according to the latest employment survey. The employment outlook for people interested in making a new life by obtaining an Australian visa is encouraging.

Manpower Australia and New Zealand's employment outlook report surveyed 2,597 employers across Australia and found that 33 per cent would hire more people in the last three months of the year. This is up from 29 per cent in the previous quarter.

"The slight increase in hiring intentions compared to the previous quarter appears to show that hiring managers are again feeling more confident about taking on new staff over the next quarter," Manpower managing director Scott McLachlan told News.com.

"There is a general increase in hiring confidence with employers in four of the seven regions surveyed expecting to take on more staff over the next three months," he added.

Mr McLachlan said the skills shortage and tight labour market meant businesses had to strategise to attract and keep the right talent. The highest levels of employment growth were found in the Northern Territory, Sydney and Tasmania.

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