Windsor area has hopeful hiring climate for second quarter

Henrietta Strickland
March 13, 2018

The survey could dispel concerns of job creation, as employer confidence remains resilient and job seekers are expected to benefit from a positive second-quarter hiring sentiment.

Linda Teo, country manager of ManpowerGroup Singapore, commented: "With the Singapore government announcing their increased support for companies to adopt digital technology and automation in the Budget 2018 speech, we expect more job opportunities with digital functions to be created over the next few quarters".

Manpower is out with its employment outlook survey today (Tuesday) on hiring intentions for April through June. For instance, the demand for employees skilled in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is set to rise.

Employers expect to increase staffing levels in all seven industry sectors during the upcoming quarter.

High demand for labour across the Wholesale & Retail Trade and Finance, Insurance & Real Estate sectors has kept Australia's employment outlook at one of the strongest levels in over six years. Meanwhile, the weakest Outlook is reported by Manufacturing sector employers, standing at +9%. Employers report the strongest hiring prospects in Western Cape with an outlook of +11%, and in Gauteng where the outlook is +10%.

The survey found 26 percent of IN respondents plan to increase staff; 3 percent plan to decrease; and 71 percent expect to maintain current workforce levels.

The Transportation and Utilities sector (+21 percent) shows a decline over the previous quarter, but is still 7 percent higher than the outlook for 2Q, 2017. Similarly, employers in the Services sector report a decline of three percentage points compared to the same period in 2017.

However, these improved outlooks have been offset by a softening in hiring expectations across a number of other key sectors. Large employers report relatively stable hiring plans over the same period. When compared with the previous quarter, hiring prospects are five percentage points stronger for medium employers, and micro employers report an improvement of four percentage points.

The Manpower Group Press release states that " Of Over 59,000 employers surveyed across 44 countries and territories, confidence levels have strengthened year-on-year in 25 countries, weakened in 13, and remained the same in five". Employers in Taiwan and Japan report the most optimistic regional hiring plans, while for the third consecutive quarter the region's weakest hiring intentions are reported by mainland Chinese employers.

The manufacturing sector and the service sector was second, with a net hiring outlook of 28 percent, ManpowerGroup said, saying that most job openings in the manufacturing sector will be seen in central Taiwan, while the gaming industry in the service sector is expected to expand its workforce.

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