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The Future Landscape of Work for HR Leaders and Businesses: Key Findings 1 and 2

The Australian HR Institute’s (AHRI) have released their final Work Outlook for 2023, revealing key findings into the current state of the Australian labour market. This report, based on responses from over 600 HR professionals and decision-makers illuminates a fascinating paradox – a delicate balance between positive employment intentions and a notable increase in redundancy plans. The report uncovers challenges and opportunities that lie ahead which demand strategic attention from employers.

Key Finding 1: The AHRI Net Employment Intentions Index


Despite economic complexities, the substantial increase in recruitment intentions, with 71% of organisations planning to hire staff, highlights a positive trend in workforce expansion. However, this optimism is contrasted with a surge in redundancy plans, reaching 31%, emphasising the need for a nuanced approach to talent management.

TMS Tips:

  • Conduct a thorough analysis of your organisation’s current and future needs to align recruitment efforts with strategic objectives, ensuring efficient utilisation of resources.
  • Adopt agile talent management practices to quickly respond to changing business needs, allowing for efficient redeployment of resources and adaptation to market shifts.
  • Prioritise diversity and inclusion in recruitment efforts, considering a broad range of talents and perspectives. A diverse workforce can enhance adaptability and innovation during economic challenges.
  • Continuously monitor recruitment challenges, turnover rates and the impact of redundancy plans. This will enable proactive decision-making based on current workforce dynamics.
  • Establish effective feedback loops and conduct surveys, allowing your organisation to regularly seek input from employees. Gather insights on workplace satisfaction, stress factors and suggestions for improvement to foster a culture of continuous improvement and employee engagement.


Key Finding 2: Wages outlook for the 12 months to October 2024

The data suggests a mixed economic landscape with varying degrees of optimism and caution among employers. The modest improvement in economic sentiment, coupled with sector-specific variations, highlights the complexity of factors influencing wage decisions. The adaptability of employers through changes in policies and contracts reflects the dynamic nature of the business environment in response to economic conditions.

TMS Tips:

  • Given the uncertainty in wage increases, employers should maintain flexibility in policies to adapt to changing economic conditions. This flexibility can include variable pay structures or performance-based incentives.
  • Proactively communicate with employees about the organisation’s stance on pay increases, acknowledging the economic landscape. Transparent communication builds trust and helps manage expectations.
  • Regularly benchmark salaries against industry standards to ensure competitiveness. This practice aids in attracting and retaining top talent, especially in sectors with an optimistic economic outlook.
  • Stay informed about changes in legislation and employment laws that may impact compensation practices.
  • In addition to basic pay, evaluate and optimise employee benefits packages. Competitive benefits can enhance overall compensation and contribute to employee satisfaction.
  • Stay vigilant and continuously monitor economic indicators, industry trends, and employee sentiment. This ongoing monitoring allows for agile decision-making based on real-time information.

Next week, we will explore how employers can address work-related stressors and enhance employee well-being to reduce unscheduled absences. We will also uncover how TMS can help navigate employers through the evolving employment landscape with tailored strategies and support.

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