Employer optimism is looking strong for first quarter of 2011, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
Manpower Australia & NZ managing director, Lincoln Crawley, says a surprising amount of optimism rested with employers in the manufacturing and transportation and utilities.
Optimism across these two sectors has increased 18 per cent and 23 per cent respectively from last quarter, survey results revealed.
Crawley said the results indicated much higher levels of confidence than expected for these sectors.
“We believe that 2011 is going to be a bumper year for job seekers, with the returning skills shortages set to heat up,” Mr Crawley says.
“Companies are going to have to be flexible about their job criteria and consider candidates who tick most, but not all, of their boxes.
“At the same time, candidates who are willing to relocate, re-skill or change industries will have plenty of opportunities to succeed.”
The survey of more than 2200 Australian employers showed hiring for the first quarter of 2011 will remain steady overall with the seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook rate at +21 per cent, a one percentage point increase from the last quarter’s seasonally adjusted outlook and a two-point increase from a year ago.
The number of employers planning to increase hiring has increased to 28 per cent – up from 27 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010 – while the number of employers planning to decrease headcount remains steady at seven per cent.
Overall, the strongest growth of employer optimism was recorded in the services and mining and construction sectors.