More than eight in ten (84%) hiring managers in Australia say they expect to consolidate or increase staffing levels up to the end of 2015, according to the latest ‘Hiring Intentions’ survey.
The survey of more than 650 hiring managers shows that 35% will be looking to take on increased headcount, while 49% say employee numbers will remain stable this year. Only 16% are looking to decrease headcount.
James Nicholson, Managing Director, Australia, “The Australian economy has encountered some challenging headwinds in recent times, leaving businesses facing difficult questions about whether to expand headcount and at what level.
“Compared to last year, however, the survey tells us that confidence is starting to return to the recruitment market, with a significant rise in the number of organisations looking to onboard more staff.”
Positive hiring trends
The survey also reveals that more than a third (39%) of Australian hiring managers plan to give staff a pay rise this year, with just 3% looking to cut salaries.
Permanent recruitment is also expected to climb. 61% of hiring managers will be focusing on permanent hires this year, up from 50% a year ago.
“Permanent hiring tends to suggest that employers are thinking about their ‘talent pipeline’ and ensuring a range of skill sets are available across the business to deliver on key objectives,” says Michelle Cottrell, Director, Robert Walters Adelaide.
“Convincing working professionals to leave existing roles for permanent vacancies can be difficult in a tight market, and employees tend to prioritise a wide array of factors beyond remuneration when considering employment offers – flexible or remote working opportunities, for instance, or clearly defined paths for career development,” adds Michelle.
The survey tells us that confidence is starting to return to the recruitment market, with a significant rise in the number of organisations looking to onboard more staff.
Other key findings from the Hiring Intentions Survey Include:
- Half of hiring managers in Victoria are set to increase headcount this year, more than any other state
- 80% of those in South Australia are focusing on permanent hiring, more than any other state
- Nearly nine in ten (84%) organisations looking to boost headcount will be hiring at the mid-level, an increase of 9% since 2014.
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