According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, employment prospects for job seekers in the Mining & Construction sector have continued to fall, as hiring managers place their decision making on hold in the second half of 2008.
The survey, which was part of a broader survey of 2,405 employers across Australia, revealed that the majority of employers in this sector are intending to hold the line on their staff levels for the next quarter.
The levels of demand are also considerably lower than the past 24 months, and this industry is facing levels not seen since late 2006.
The Mining & Construction sector’s employment market shows a noticeable softening in hiring intentions in the October to December quarter of 2008, with a Net Employment Outlook of +24%, meaning that just 24% of companies will have jobs on offer, a decline of five percentage points from the previous quarter (+29%).
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