Changes occurring in the economic and employment landscapes have meant that many organisations have been faced with a number of labour force challenges.
However, Australia has dealt with these relatively well. Last year employer confidence increased rapidly and national employment figures are steadily improving, with an unemployment rate of 5% it is among the lowest in the industrialised world. Australian workplaces are continuing to see overseas skilled migration and an increase in the number of retirees re-entering the workplace.
The past two decades have seen more flexible working conditions introduced, with a peak in the number of part-time, temporary, and contract positions, and a steady progression to non-conventional working modes such as home and mobile working.