The Leisure & Hospitality sector is leading the way when it comes to adding jobs for the second quarter of 2018, according to a new study by staffing firm ManpowerGroup.
Manpower's national survey results found employers in every industry sector planning to hire, with leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; and wholesale and retail trade reporting the strongest demand.
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".
Employers expect to increase staffing levels in all seven industry sectors during the upcoming quarter. Workforce gains were expected across all four regions in India.
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Mining and Construction report an outlook of (+26 percent) and the number appears to be improving considerably both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year.
Modest hiring plans are reported in the mining and construction sector with an outlook of +7%, and in the transportation and utilities sector, where the outlook is +6%. While there won't be layoffs, hiring as such will be lower than in previous quarters. However, Gauteng employers report an improvement of six percentage points, while outlooks for Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal remain relatively stable.
Villamil, of The Washington Economics Group, said the professional and business services category added the most jobs, 56,700, to payrolls in 2017.
"North Carolina's current rate (of 4.5 percent) is still well below the 5.2 percent rate reported one year ago, and the number of people employed grew by more than 63,000 over the course of the year", said Mitch Kokai, policy analyst with conservative think tank John Locke Foundation. However, uncertain hiring plans are reported by small and micro-size businesses with employment outlooks of -1% and -5%.
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Meanwhile, the hiring scene is looking up in other countries, too.
Globally, among the countries and territories featuring seasonally adjusted data, confidence is strongest in Taiwan, Japan, Hungary and the USA, while the weakest hiring prospects are reported in Italy, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, the survey said.
Cathy McAllister of Manpower's Belleville office said information gleaned through the most recent survey statistics indicate some employers will be hiring, some won't and some aren't sure what they'll be doing. Based on seasonally adjusted data, employers in Hungary report the most optimistic hiring plans in the EMEA region. Hiring plans improve in 13 countries quarter-over-quarter, weaken in eight and are unchanged in four.
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