'Moderate' spring hiring expected in Cornwall: Manpower

Retail job outlook positive survey

Though the hopeful 10 per cent is down five per cent in the Windsor area compared to ManpowerGroup's previous jobs outlook, it is an increase of five per cent from the same time past year.

According to the advisory firm, manpower demand remained solid and enterprises appeared upbeat about their recruitment over the next three months at a time of economic recovery.

"The strength of the employment outlook across the country continues to bode well for gains in household income over the coming year".

The latest data paints a picture of significant differences in hiring expectations across the country, both on a sector-by-sector basis and when compared regionally.

Those are the findings from a survey conducted by workforce analysts at ManpowerGroup. A considerable decline of 14 percentage points is reported in the North, while Outlooks are 5 and 3 percentage points weaker in the South and the West, respectively. Seven per cent anticipate making cutbacks. When compared with 1Q 2018, hiring prospects are five percentage points stronger in Gauteng, and improve by two percentage points in KwaZulu-Natal.


[1] The Net Employment Outlook is calculated by subtracting the percentage of employers anticipating a decrease in hiring activity from the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in employment. Across the United States, one in five employers expect to grow their work force in the next three months, according to the survey.

ManpowerGroup said the net hiring outlook of the engineering/construction sector and the retail/wholesale sector stood at 26 percent, ahead of the transportation/warehousing/communications sector's 21 percent and the leisure/food/hospitality sector's 17 percent.

IN employers expect to hire at what ManpowerGroup describes as "a confident pace" in April, May and June, according to survey results released today.

Teo noted that this is the third consecutive quarter where the public administration and education sector is reporting a strong hiring outlook, explaining: "The growing skills-job mismatch has prompted more people and companies to sign up for courses to enhance their skillsets, especially their digital capabilities".

With seasonal variations removed from the data, the survey predicts a 14 per cent increase in hiring; a 2 per cent increase compared to the previous quarter, and an increase of 7 per cent from this time a year ago. In a year-over-year comparison, job gains are expected to improve in 16 of the 25 countries where comparison data is available, decline in six and are unchanged in three.

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