Options Consulting Group’s recent survey on industry sentiment reflected further growth is predicted in the 17/18 financial year. The survey was directed to operations managers, director of operations, sales managers, general managers, human resources managers managing directors and CFOs.
65% of survey respondents said their business is tracking better now when compared to the same time last year, yet 75% said that they hadn’t increased or decreased their headcount. 62% of respondents are looking to increase their headcount in the 2017/18 financial year. 62.5% of respondents said they typically had between 5-10% headcount turnover.
The preferred method of engaging staff was to offer a contract and then move on to permanent or offer permanent employment straight away. Anecdotally, there is an increase in awareness of flexible working conditions, however implementing these changes may require changing certain policies, making it harder in the short term to introduce.