Small businesses confident despite tight labour market

5:23PM | Friday, 13 May 2011 |  A new survey reveals 57% of small businesses predict a stronger business performance in the next six months, despite research that suggests employers could struggle to recruit and retain talent.

Rate rise uncertain as unemployment remains at 4.9%

5:04PM | Thursday, 12 May 2011 |  New figures reveal the unemployment rate remained at 4.9% in April but the economy lost more than 22,000 jobs, blurring predictions of the next interest rate rise.

Federal Budget 2011: Government unveils major skills, workplace participation drive

5:46PM | Tuesday, 10 May 2011 |  A National Workforce Development Fund, bringing 130,000 new training places, will be created as part of a fresh drive to increase skills and participation rates in Australia’s workforce.

Adopt voucher system to address skills shortage: Report

5:40PM | Wednesday, 4 May 2011 |  According to a new Labor-commissioned report, the Government should use a voucher system to fund vocational education instead of funding individual institutions.

Spending spree hits WA as other states opt to save

4:51PM | Monday, 18 April 2011 |  New South Wales has the highest number of consumers who are saving, while WA consumers appear to be on a spending spree, according to the latest report by research company CoreData.

ACT strength challenges two-speed economy claim

4:47PM | Monday, 18 April 2011 |  The ACT has held its position as the best performing economy in the country but WA and Victoria are not far behind, a new report says.

Employers facing defamation risk over references

4:56PM | Friday, 15 April 2011 |  Employers must be mindful of the information they disclose when providing a reference or risk facing claims such as defamation, a workplace law expert says.

HR warning as IBM faces $1.1m sexual harassment case

4:35PM | Friday, 15 April 2011 |  Businesses have been urged to build a HR infrastructure, regardless of their size, following the lodging of a major sexual harassment claim by an IBM employee.

Consumer confidence up but result “lacklustre”

4:43PM | Wednesday, 13 April 2011 |  Consumer sentiment rose by 1.2% in April to 105.3 points but economists have dismissed the result as lacklustre.

Rates set to stay on hold as job market brightens

4:00AM | Tuesday, 5 April 2011 |  Analysts predict interest rates will be frozen by the Reserve Bank today, following new figures showing the number of jobs advertised in March rose for the eleventh consecutive month.