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Industry more optimistic than ever on hiring more staff says survey

Industry is the most upbeat about employing staff since the end of the global financial crisis, new research has found.

The latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey shows hiring intentions across the mining and construction sectors are at their highest levels since seven years ago.

The net employment outlook for the first quarter of 2019 is up 22 per cent, representing the highest across the nation and an increase of one per cent compared to the previous fourth quarter of 2018 (1Q18).

Source: ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, January 2019.

“Hiring intentions across the sector have returned to the record highs of a year ago but, other than 1Q18, the sector had not recorded such strong hiring intentions since 2012,” a ManpowerGroup spokesperson said in a statement.

“The transportation and utilities sector also recorded strong year on year gains to produce the second strongest employment outlook in Australia.”

Source: ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, January 2019.

The chart shows the mining and construction has the most positive outlook, closely followed by transport and utilities (18 per cent), public administration and education (15 per cent) as well as finance, insurance and real estate (15 per cent).

ManpowerGroup, a multinational workforce solutions company, conducts the survey to collect data from over 1500 employers in Australia plus an additional 44,000 employers across 43 countries.

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