Australian employment prospects looking up

Date: Jan 18, 2012

A recent survey by a leading recruitment specialist has shown that Australian businesses are planning on expanding their workforce in 2012 - bucking the international trend.

Researchers from Hudson Recruitment interviewed 4,338 employers across a range of industry sectors to uncover how the current economic landscape would impact on their staffing requirements.

In their report - Employment Expectations 2012 - the results show that many local organisations are planning on keeping their staffing levels stable across the next 12 months, with 54 per cent of executives indicating this was the case.

A further 35.9 per cent of business managers would begin actively seeking to expand the number of permanent employees - with the majority of these set to occur sometime before the end of March.

On the other end of the scale, only 10.1 per cent of those surveyed were facing the prospect of having to reduce staffing numbers in order to remain competitive.

According to the chief financial officer of Hudson Asia Pacific, Mark Leigh, the "positive uplift in expectations" was possible due to the recent increase in cash flow enjoyed by the mining associated industries.

"Despite the current international uncertainty, and changing conditions at home, employment expectations in Australia on the whole remain positive, particularly in the resources, transport and construction and engineering sectors," said Leigh.

"Furthermore, we expect high demand in certain roles, such as engineering, geology, HSE and operational roles as well as for customer facing IT specialists."

Proving this hypothesis was the fact that 57.7 per cent of mining and resources companies were actively pursuing hiring activities in the permanent sector.

However, the report goes on to show that the boom is not restricted to one or two areas but is spread across all sectors covered by the survey.

Businesses involved in construction, engineering and property were shown to have greater interest in recruitment, as were professional services and information technology firms.

When markets actively begin expanding their personnel base in aggregate, the local workforce can quickly become depleted, with corporate sponsors then needing to find new avenues for talented workers.

While some may turn to local graduates and trainees as a potential source of skill, experienced workers can be harder to come by.

In these cases a registered immigration lawyer can assist firms looking to expand their staffing base by providing valuable advice on the legal requirement of international sponsorship.

From offering advice on the types of visas available to ensuring the supporting paperwork is in order before submission, a migration lawyer can be an invaluable part of this hiring process.