Hiring in mining, construction expected to remain weak

NEW hirings in the mining and construction sectors are predicted to remain weak in the third quarter of the year as investment in resources slows and companies move from exploration to less labour-intensive production.

News Ltd reports the results of the latest survey of the hiring intentions of nearly 1900 companies in Australia by recruitment firm Manpower reveals resources and construction is one of the worst performing categories year-on-year, with an employment outlook rating of -1 per cent, down 10 percentage points on last year.

According to the Manpower survey, 16% of mining and construction employers plan to increase their recruitment in the third quarter, while 19% said they would reduce hirings and 64% said no changes would be made to their employment intentions.

Manpower Australia and New Zealand managing director Lincoln Crawley said they were seeing large projects being planned at a slower pace, which was easing pressure on the skills shortages in the sector.

"Roles that are available in the sector are niche and differ from company to company, depending on specific projects and the particular stage those projects are at," Mr Crawley said in a statement.

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