Mining and construction hiring intentions take a dive
Mining and construction employers will tighten their hiring strategies over the next three months, according to Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey.
The survey, which measures hiring intentions for the coming quarter, said the number of employers that intend to increase hiring is down 9%. It also found the number of companies planning to decrease hiring has increased to 17%, up from 11% last quarter.
The survey said 25% of employers in mining and construction expect to increase hiring, down from the 34% figure of last quarter.
Managing director of ManpowerGroup Australia and New Zealand, Lincoln Crawley, said an uncertain short term outlook for the mining and construction sectors is affecting workforce planning.
‘[The survey] suggests employers are looking ahead with flagging confidence levels and responding to economic uncertainty by adjusting their workforce strategies from month to month.
“Frustrations over continued skills shortages and lack of effective solutions in the mining sector have seen employers take a step back from the aggressive hiring competition that has been a constant in the industry since 2010.”