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Australia – Nearly half of employers plan to increase headcount: Hays

11 July 2019

Nearly half, or 47% of employers plan to increase permanent staff levels in the next 12 months, according to research from Hays.

Hays found that strategy and consulting departments will lead jobs growth, with 71% of employers indicating they’ll add to their headcount in this area. This is followed by distribution (57%), and engineering, general management, sales and IT departments (all 53%).

“Permanent hiring intentions have increased steadily over the past five years, peaking in 2018, and we've seen this remain consistent so far in 2019,” Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, said.

Deligiannis added that a key driver to the planned increase in headcount is the rapid pace of change, leading to restructures and transformational projects.

“So, despite well documented cost pressure, organisations plan to invest in adding highly skilled professionals to their organisations to successfully implement business change,” Deligiannis said. “The widening skills gap is a cause of concern though. 70% of employers we surveyed said skill shortages will impact the effective operation of their business or department, up from 67% last year.”

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