Need for good staff will reduce sackings: Gillard

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Need for good staff will reduce sackings: Gillard

The difficulty of finding good, skilled staff will be a factor in reducing job losses in Australia during the economic crisis, IR Minister Julia Gillard has said.

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The difficulty of finding good, skilled staff will be a factor in reducing job losses in Australia during the economic crisis, IR Minister Julia Gillard has said.
 
Gillard was asked on the ABC AM program whether it is reasonable at this time for employers shifting to part-time workers and to be cutting back their hours.
 
‘Businesses are going to make decisions based on their individual circumstances,’ she said.
 
‘But one thing I think is at work in the labour market today as businesses think about what they are going to do in these difficult times, is many businesses have fought hard to get the skilled staff that they need.'
 
Big factor
 
‘And I think that is going to be a big factor on the minds of business people as they make decisions in these difficult days after the global financial crisis, as we feel its effects.’
 
On Sydney radio 2UE, Gillard said that in past economic downturns people have let staff go and then when times improve ‘they’re all screaming because of skills shortages’.
 
Can’t get staff
 
‘They can’t get the staff they need and I think one of the things that is probably informing the employer outlook today is that they know, as recently as a few months ago when they needed that extra skilled staff member, they were finding them really hard to get.'
 
‘And so having fought so hard to get skilled staff, many employers I think will take the view that retaining their staff is very important to their business.'
 
‘Many business people I meet would very freely say that their business is all about their skilled staff, the most valuable asset for their business, and I think that’s why they’re reluctant to let them go.’
 
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