Contractors fill skills void: Hudson

EMPLOYERS in Western Australia are struggling to source skilled permanent staff and are turning to contractors to fill the void, according to the latest Hudson Report employment expectations figures. The survey of more than 8,000 employers nationally showed that 37.6 per cent of WA employers plan to increase permanent staffing levels over the next three months, compared with 2.1 per cent who expect to decrease employee numbers, representing a net positive effect of 35.5 per cent. According to Hudson’s WA general manager, Neville Andrews, employers can’t find skilled permanent workers to fill positions in the growing number of infrastructure and resource projects. “The only solution for employers has been to turn to the contracting and temporary workforce to find skilled labour,” he said.

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