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Talent search for manpower

The survey measured hiring intentions for the coming quarter and revealed that while 34 per cent of employers in mining and construction expect to increase employee numbers, 54 per cent expect no change. Year on year, the hiring outlook for the sector has decreased five percentage points

?The slight year on year drop in the sector is a result of uncertainty in the global economy… The sector is in no way slowing down, it?s actually diversifying,? said Lincoln Crawley, managing director of ManpowerGroup Australia and New Zealand.

According to Crawley, mining engineers and geologists, particularly with more than five years? experience, are the hardest to find, as well as instrumentation, electrical technicians, and engineers in oil and gas.

?We are seeing the majority of companies in the industry gear up for more growth, and the biggest fear is not being able to find the workers needed. Securing specific types of talent is becoming an increasing concern and ultimately it will have a major effect on projects,? Crawley said.

?Employers need to start looking at alternative sourcing strategies, upskilling less experienced or less specialised workers, and looking into international sourcing options.?

?Employers in hot industries, who continue to struggle with skills shortages, may need to reassess their job criteria and look for a ?teachable fit? ? that is, candidates who meet most criteria but need further training in other areas.?

Source: ManpowerGroup

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