More employers consider hiring as demand returns
By Tamsyn Parker
4:00 AM Monday Jan 25, 2010

The number of firms wanting to take on new staff has grown to its highest level in nine months, according to recruitment company Hudson.

Hudson's employment expectations report found 19.6 per cent planned to take on more permanent staff in the next three months - up from 10.8 per cent in October.

The number of companies planning to reduce staff fell from 11.2 per cent to 8.2 per cent.

Hudson New Zealand executive general manager Marc Burrage said employers were being buoyed by more confidence in the economy and a pick-up in demand.

"The commentary is all pointing towards growth expectations this year."

Hiring intentions dropped dramatically in mid-2008 as the global financial crisis sank to a low point halfway through last year.

Burrage said the January figures were the best results seen since mid-2008 but were still lower than before the crisis. "We are still not back to pre-recession levels."

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