Employers around the world are intending to increase their workforce in the fourth quarter of 2018, with 43 of 44 countries reporting positive hiring outlooks. According to ManpowerGroup’s Employment Outlook Survey released today, continued positive employment opportunities are expected over the next three months with hiring confidence strongest in Japan, Taiwan, the US, Romania and Slovenia. Employers in Switzerland and Argentina report the weakest hiring prospects. The survey of more than 59,000 employers across 44 countries and territories shows hiring intentions strengthen in 22 countries, remain constant in eight and slow in 14.
“We continue to see optimism from employers around the world in spite of tariff disputes, proposed new populist legislation and the uncertainty of a hard or soft Brexit,” said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup chairman & CEO. “Across most countries, hiring intentions are net positive, as access to skilled talent continues to be of critical importance for employers globally. In the Digital Age we’re seeing organisations across all sectors undergo significant transformation. From Manufacturing to Services, roles are emerging that require new skills, creating mismatches between what is needed and what is available in an increasingly tight labor market. It’s important for employers to create a culture of learnability so that their people are ready and able to upskill and adapt.”
EMEA: Staffing levels are expected to grow in 25 of 26 countries surveyed in the EMEA region. Employers in Romania (+19 per cent), Slovenia (+19 per cent) and Hungary (+18 per cent) report the strongest Outlooks. The only negative Outlook across all countries and territories is reported in Switzerland (-2 per cent).
Asia Pacific: Employers in all eight countries and territories expect to hire more people in Q4 2018. Hiring Outlooks are strongest in Japan (+26 per cent) and Taiwan (+21 per cent).
Americas: Positive Outlooks are reported in all 10 countries surveyed with the U.S. seeing the region’s most upbeat forecast (+19 per cent).