Slovenian employers report cautiously optimistic hiring plans for Q2 - Manpower

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Of the more than 11,500 USA employers who participated in the survey, 23 percent plan to hire; 3 percent plan to reduce staff; 73 percent expect to maintain current workforce levels; and 1 percent don't know. "These factors make for a more positive backdrop for employment in the country", she said.

Hiring prospects improved by two percentage points compared with the previous quarter, and were also two percentage points stronger compared with the same period past year.

While none of the employers expect any reduction in payrolls, 16% anticipate an increase in workforce across sectors, the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook survey - findings of which were shared exclusively with TOI, says. Hiring plans weaken in Free State and Western Cape when compared with this time one year ago, with outlooks declining by seven and two percentage points, respectively. Meanwhile, the outlook of -1% for the electricity, gas and water sector reflects uncertain hiring prospects.

China reported the most downbeat hiring prospects in the region, with the net hiring outlook at 8 percent in the second quarter, ManpowerGroup said. "But the current outlook is definitely softer than the positive hiring sentiment expressed over the prior six quarters", Nebojsa Biskup, country manager Manpower Slovenia, is quote saying. Strong Outlooks for Professional & Business Services (+24%) and Wholesale & Retail Trade (+23%) point to demand-driven growth in line with increased wages.

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The advisory firm said large enterprises with a workforce of 250 employees or more have a higher hiring outlook than their medium and small-sized counterparts, with the net employment outlook at 29 percent.

For the coming quarter, employers in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Alaska, Maine and Colorado report the strongest Employment Outlooks.

The survey indicates 20 per cent of employers plan to hire sometime from April to June, while no business surveyed anticipated job cutbacks, said Julianne Ross Brooks of Manpower's Halifax office. The weakest hiring plans are reported in Mining, Government Information and Nondurable Goods Manufacturing. ManpowerGroup interviewed over 59,000 employers globally and found that the job markets are upbeat in Taiwan, Japan, Hungary, and the USA, while Italy, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland presented weak outlooks.

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