Hiring expectations return to pre GFC levels

Transport companies begin to focus on hiring new staff, as economy shakes off effects of financial downturn

December 8, 2009

Hiring intentions among transport companies are expected to return to pre economic downturn levels at the start of next year, according to new research released today by employment services giant Manpower.

The survey, which quizzed over 2,000 Australian employers, indicates hiring intentions for the next three months have significantly improved by 11 percent from similar data collected before the current quarter.

Manpower Managing Director Lincoln Crawley says the results confirm the progress towards economic recovery in Australia.

"Employers are gearing up for growth and looking to put the right people in the right place to drive that growth," Crawley says.

"The Australian employment outlook reflects the fact that we have fared much better in the downturn, being one of the few developed countries to avoid a recession.

"Hopefully, these figures indicate that Australia will be one of the first countries to enter a sustained recovery period."

Transport sector hiring expectations are currently at 17 percent, an increase of seven percent and a return to the same level they were at before the global financial crisis struck last year.

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