Recruitment for skilled workers in the finance, insurance and real estate sectors is expected to increase in the first quarter of 2013, new data shows.
The latest manpower Employment Outlook Survey, which measures over 2,200 employers’ hiring intentions for the coming quarter, found that 22 per cent of employers in the finance, insurance and real estate industries plan to increase hiring in the first four months of 2013.
Six per cent plan on reducing their hiring, while the remainder (72 per cent) will make no change.
This was the most positive result across all industries.
Recently, Victoria-based Barry Plant reported strong interest from potential recruits following a number of information sessions.
Overall, the survey indicated that there was an easing in employer sentiment.
“What we had hoped was a short-term dip in the jobs market may in fact be the ‘new norm’," Limcoln Crawley, managing director at ManpowerGroup Australia and New Zealand, said.
“With the exception of Victoria and Tasmania, the outlook in each state and territory has fallen. However, we are seeing pockets of demand and jobs growth, where ‘micro-sectors’ in certain industries are strong while the rest of the market is subdued. We expect this ‘multi-speed’ labour market to continue.”
Mr Crawley said employers should not become complacent about their workforce planning.
“It’s important for employers to continue to invest in internal training and development programs in order to build the talent they have and attract and retain the talent they will need to be successful in 2013,” he said.
“For industries where we are seeing a lot of volatility, good workforce planning and strategies can help combat the fluctuations, and optimise their workforces to run at the most efficient and effective levels.”