21 Jan 2020

Strong wage growth boosts confidence despite employment fears

7:05 pm on 21 January 2020

Workers feel more optimistic about the labour market - helped by a rise in wages - but are downbeat on their chances of finding a job, a survey shows.

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Westpac-McDermott-Miller Employment Confidence index, which rose 1.8 points in December, showed wage growth was at its strongest in 10 years.

Nearly a quarter of respondents said they had a pay rise in the past 12 months.

Employment confidence was strongest among 18-29 year olds.

However, Westpac senior economist Satish Ranchhod said households "remain very pessimistic about their chances of finding a new job" and they did not expect the number of job openings to increase much over the year ahead.