Cape Breton area employers expect a steady hiring climate for the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.
However, employers in four sectors report stronger hiring intentions, most notably in the Public & Social sector, with an increase of 6 percentage points, and in the Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry & Fishing sector, where the Outlook is 5 percentage points stronger.
New Zealand hiring intentions have slightly increased in the past three months and remained relatively stable when compared to this same period previous year. The survey collects data from almost 59,000 employers in 43 countries, including over 650 in New Zealand. Elsewhere, hiring plans remain relatively stable in both Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal.
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Employers in all 13 national industry sectors expected to grow staffing levels during the first quarter of 2018: leisure & hospitality (by 28 percent), transportation & utilities (26 percent), professional & business services (23 percent), wholesale & retail trade (23 percent), durable goods manufacturing (19 percent), construction (18 percent), education & health services (14 percent), financial activities (14 percent), information (14 percent), mining (14 percent), government (13 percent), nondurable goods manufacturing (13 percent) and other services (13 percent). Free State employers report a moderate decline of 7 percentage points, while the Outlook for Western Cape is 2 percentage points weaker.
Lyndy van den Barselaar, MD of ManpowerGroup SA, provides insights into why South African employers are reporting conservative hiring intentions for the January to March time frame. While forecasts in all regions and sectors are in positive territory, employer hiring intentions in the Wholesale & Retail Trade and Transportation & Utilities sectors have declined noticeably in both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year comparisons. However, the greatest increases have been recorded in Queensland and Tasmania, both up eleven percentage points since this time previous year. Employers in Taiwan reported the most optimistic forecast in the region, as well as across the globe. "Job seekers now have greater leverage to negotiate a higher salary for their skills and employers will have to respond accordingly in order to attract and retain the best talent the market has to offer". The region's weakest forecasts were reported by employers in China and Singapore.
Regionally, the strongest labour market is anticipated in Auckland where the Net Employment Outlook stands at +16%. However, Christchurch employers have experienced a year-over-year improvement of three percentage points, while the Wellington Outlook remains relatively stable.
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According to the survey, large enterprises with a workforce of 250 employees or more in Taiwan have a higher hiring outlook than their medium- and small-sized counterparts.
He added that compared with other countries, Australia has the strongest year-on-year gain in hiring intentions in the Asia-Pacific region, and the third-strongest across all 43 countries surveyed.
Positive outlooks were reported in all 10 countries surveyed in the Americas.
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