UK employment outlook remains positive

Employment prospects in the UK for the third quarter of this year remain
positive, according to research by Manpower.

Manpower’s survey asked 2,000 UK companies – split into 11 regions and 21
industry sectors – if they expect an increase, decrease or no change to their
staffing levels.

In response, 24 per cent of employers said they would be increasing staffing
levels and 9 per cent expect to decrease, leaving a net balance of 15 per cent
planning to take on staff.

Iain Herbertson, managing director of Manpower, commented: "These
latest findings show a sustained recovery from the beginning of the year when
employment prospects were at their lowest point in eight years."

He added: "Although prospects have not yet fully recovered – they are
25 per cent down year-on-year – there is stable growth, which also suggests
business confidence is returning following the impact of last year’s downturn
and the terrorist attacks in America."

An equivalent survey for the US reveals a positive balance of 19 per cent of
US companies planning to take on staff in the third quarter.


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