It seems to be popular belief that manufacturing is an old and dying industry and we can’t compete with lower wage nations. The facts state otherwise. The Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) has jumped to 63.1 in March. This is a record level and the previous record of 62.1 was set in 2002. Anything above 50 indicates expansion in manufacturing. The index has not been below 50 since 2016.
Manufacturing recruitment is also a beneficiary of this trend. Our labour hire business which operates primarily in manufacturing is trading at record levels and we have very strong demand for the recruitment of manufacturing professionals and tradespeople.