Vancouver companies report positive hiring intentions in Q2: Manpower

Reuters

Reuters

The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, which quizzed more than 2,100 United Kingdom employers and was released today, found employment optimism in the capital had slipped to three per cent, down five percentage points compared with the previous quarter and the lowest it has been since 2014.

However, the most significant year-on-year improvement is reported by employers in the finance and business services sector, who forecast a Net Employment Outlook of +26%, 19 percentage points stronger than in the second quarter of 2016 and 11 percentage points stronger than in the first quarter of 2017.

With only 4% of employers foreseeing a decrease in staffing levels and 69% anticipating no change, Bulgaria's seasonally adjusted net employment outlook stands at 13%, relatively stable in comparison to last quarter, and to the same period a year ago.

However, most employers - 77 per cent - plan to maintain their current staffing levels.

"It is also an increase of 14 percentage points from the Outlook reported during the same time previous year, indicating a cautiously optimistic hiring pace for the upcoming months".

According to the Milwaukee-based temporary services firm ManpowerGroup, 24 percent of Wisconsin employers expect to add jobs during the next three months, 2 percent of the employers are forecasting layoffs, and the remaining are predicting no change in staffing.

"Now this is up, nearly 10 points, from the first quarter of the year", Layden said.

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The region has a net employment outlook - calculated by subtracting the percent planning to decrease from those planning an increase - of 20 percent. The final 3% of employers were not sure about their hiring intentions.

Large employers report upbeat hiring prospects with a net employment outlook of +18%, while outlooks stand at +8% and +6% for Medium- and Micro-size employers, respectively.

Five of the ten industry sectors report stronger hiring prospects when compared with the previous quarter.

"Hiring sentiment is moderate, as the market remains clouded in uncertainty with the election of Mr Trump as U.S. president and the US's withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership", said Linda Teo, ManpowerGroup Singapore's country manager.

Meanwhile, the most cautious outlook of +1% is reported by Mining and Quarrying sector employers. "Furthermore, intense pressure from online retailers and lacklustre consumer sentiment has resulted in the second consecutive quarter of negative outlooks for the wholesale trade & retail trade sector".

The net employment outlook for Victoria is 12% - down 10 percentage points compared with Q1.

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