Transporters want staff, stronger outlook shows

Transporters gearing up for wide-scale labour recruitment; confidence in improving economy soars

September 8, 2009

Transport businesses are gearing up for wide-scale labour recruitment, with confidence in the economy soaring as recession fears ease.

About 20 percent of businesses in the transport and utilities sector are planning to hire new staff, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, behind only the mining and construction sector in business confidence.

The 20 percent figure is up on the 15 percent of transport and utilities employers who reported labour demand during the third quarter.

The survey of 2,333 employers shows the final quarter of 2009 is set to be the strongest of the year for employment, with Manpower’s net employment outlook at +7 percent compared to +2 percent in the last quarter.

Hiring intentions still remain significantly weaker than a year ago, when the index was at +16 percent.

But Manpower Managing Director Lincoln Crawley says the employment market has "turned the corner".

"It’s...testament to the resilience of the Australian labour market that we have avoided recording a negative outlook this quarter; unfortunately, many other countries in the Manpower network have not been so fortunate," he says.

No industry sector reported a negative outlook, with manufacturing and the wholesale and retail trade industry all looking to hire during the quarter.

"The message here for job-seekers is that it’s vital to stay flexible, retrain where possible and tap into networks for new opportunities," Crawley says.

"The economy hasn’t contracted evenly, nor will it grow again in a uniform way, so people need to be adaptable and go where the demand is."

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