Hiring intentions across the mining and construction sector have reached their highest level in seven years, according to the latest analysis from the Manpower Group’s Employment Outlook Survey.
The survey collects data from over 59,000 employers in 43 countries, including 1500 employers in Australia.
The net employment outlook for the sector in the first quarter of 2019 is +22 per cent, which is the highest across the country and up 1 point compared to the previous quarter.
Hiring intentions across the sector have returned to the record highs of a year ago but, other than the first quarter of 2018, the sector had not recorded such strong hiring intentions since 2012.
“The strength of Australia’s labour market remains at six-year highs but there are clear differences across the economy,” said Manpower Group Australia and New Zealand managing director Richard Fischer.
“Although mining and construction employers report the strongest employment outlook for the upcoming quarter, hiring intentions in the sector declined considerably throughout 2018 and remain unchanged when compared to this same time last year.
“This may be related to (a) notable decline also reported in New South Wales, where property prices and residential construction are coming off the boil.”