The Manpower Employment Outlook survey of 2806 employers across Australia revealed most employers in the mining and construction sector intended to put hiring on hold.
Manpower said the sector would experience a marginal improvement of 5 percentage points from last quarter, however, year-on-year a comparison revealed a steep 31 percentage point decline.
“The third quarter of 2009 shows some stability for job seekers in this sector, however, their future still remains uncertain with a net employment outlook of minus 1 per cent,” Manpower Australia and New Zealand managing director Lincoln Crawley said.
“This supports our prediction of a wait-and-see approach from the last two quarters – employers are playing it safe and holding onto key staff members and waiting till the economy improves before making pertinent headcount decisions.”
On a state-by-state basis, Queensland had the most pessimistic outlook with hiring intentions of -5% where the outlook was 2 and 31 percentage points weaker quarter-on-quarter and year-on-year, respectively.
The Northern Territory had the most positive outlook.