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World – Hiring plans vary across the globe, Japan reports strongest outlook

11 June 2019

The latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey for the third quarter found that mixed hiring intentions continued across the globe with outlooks strengthening quarter-over-quarter in 18 countries and weakening in 18, while no change is anticipated in eight countries.

Despite the mixed hiring intentions, employers expect workforce gains in 43 of 44 countries and territories surveyed in the period up to the end of September.

Hiring sentiment in Japan is the strongest of all 44 countries (+25% over the previous quarter) with employers planning to add headcount in all seven industry sectors and all three regions. Overall, the Asia Pacific region continues to have the highest outlook globally. In addition to Japan, Taiwan also reported a 22% improvement.

In a comparison with the prior quarter, hiring intentions strengthen in five countries and territories, but weaken in two within Asia Pacific. Meanwhile, employers in all eight Asia Pacific countries and territories surveyed expect to grow payrolls in the three months to September 2019.

Australian employers report their strongest hiring intentions in seven years (14%) fuelled by the Transportation & Utilities and Services sectors.

Employers in the majority of EMEA countries are predicting modest hiring outlooks with improved hiring plans expected by employers in Slovenia, Turkey, Norway, Bulgaria and Romania while the remaining 21 markets remain flat or decline. Hungary is the only market of the 44 surveyed showing negative hiring intentions for the three months ahead.

Payroll gains are anticipated by employers in 25 of 26 Europe, Middle East & Africa region countries surveyed during the next three months, while employers in Hungary expect to trim payrolls.

In the Americas, all ten countries in the region expect to increase their headcount with the US reporting an outlook of 21%, the strongest in 13 years.

“We’re seeing significant variation across global labour markets,” Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO, said. “Employers in Europe plan modest yet varied hiring as uncertainty and unpredictability around trade wars and Brexit continues, while in the US and some parts of the Asia Pacific region organisations are planning to hire at levels we haven’t seen for many years.”

“Overall, employers around the world are increasingly looking for specific technical and soft skills and are struggling to fill both temporary and permanent positions,” Prising said. “Leaders across all industries are focused on the need to upskill people in short cycles at speed and at scale to ensure they have the talent they need when they need it."

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