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Australians optimistic about securing new jobs

Australians are some of the most optimistic people in the world when it comes to finding a new job, with only Chinese and Indian workers registering higher confidence.

According to a Randstad commissioned global mobility index, 81 percent of Australians said they’re confident about finding a different job and 80 percent reported confidence about finding a comparable job.

Despite the high levels of optimism, the Randstad Workmonitor labour mobility index fell 4 points, bringing a 12-month surge to an end. The mobility index returned to 107 after peaking at 111 in the previous quarter, suggesting jobseeker confidence is stabilising.

The report also found the Australian workforce is one of the most mobile, with 21 percent of respondents indicating they’d changed jobs in the last six months. Of the 29 countries surveyed, just six other countries – Poland, Singapore, China, India, Chile, and Switzerland – had experienced a higher rate of churn.

According to Randstad, 10 percent of Australian workers are actively looking for a new job and just 7% are concerned they may lose their current job.

“While Australia’s relatively high level of mobility could be concerning for some organisations, there is an upside,” Randstad CEO Fred van der Tang said.

“When employees are more willing to change jobs, it means employers have a strong chance of securing the right talent to suit their organisational objectives. While high mobility generates greater opportunities for organisations to attract new talent, cashing in on these opportunities is easier for some employers than others,” he added.

van der Tang believes the winners in the battle to secure talent, will be the organisations that have invested in their employer brand.

“Organisations with the best employer brands are generally well-regarded, because they have invested in a complete package,” he said.

“While offering a competitive salary is still very important, increasingly we are seeing jobseekers attracted to employers who promote enticements such as good training and development opportunities, a strong corporate culture, and flexible working conditions.”

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Lorna Brett

Lorna Brett

Lorna was Dynamic Business’ Social Web Editor in 2011/12. She’s a social media obsessed journalist, who has a passion for small business. Outside the 9 to 5, you’re likely to find her trawling the web for online bargains, perfecting her amateur photography skills or enjoying one too many cappucinos. You can follow her on <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/dynamicbusiness">Twitter @DynamicBusiness</a>

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