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Job jump expected in WA

WA EMPLOYERS are exuberant, with 42.4 per cent reporting intentions to put on staff, the latest Morgan & Banks Job Index has found.

Meanwhile, only 12.5 per cent anticipated a need to downsize.

This is the highest predicted employment growth since the Index’s inception in 1995.

Morgan & Banks WA director Sean Winder said many WA employers were again forecasting increases in computer and information technology positions.

Employers also expect growth in accounting, finance and sales roles.

However, those looking for clerical and administrative or blue collar jobs may have a tough time of it with a dearth of positions expected in these areas in the next quarter.

“The telecommunications sector is looking forward to a busy time with a net effect of 75 per cent of firms predicting staff increases in the next quarter,” Mr Winder said.

“This is up 5 percentage points over the previous quarter and a whopping 50 per cent over the same quarter last year.

“The manufacturing sector, however, is predicting a downturn of 10 per cent. This is down a massive 23.6 percentage points over the previous quarter.

“Other WA sectors not as buoyant as last quarter include the food and engineering sectors, both of which have recorded falls in employment optimism over the previous survey,” he said.

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