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Europe — Equal or stronger hiring expected in Q2 2010

09 March 2010

According to the global Manpower Employment Outlook Survey results released today by staffing group Manpower Inc, employers in most major labour markets expect to hire in the second quarter at a pace equal to, or stronger than, the same period last year.

However, many have yet to reach a pre-downturn hiring pace. In Europe, hiring patterns remain mixed with employers in eight countries indicating modest improvements compared to three months ago and the same period last year.

In the countries surveyed in Europe, hiring expectations are mixed. Hiring activity in the region is expected to be strongest in Poland, Norway and Sweden and to be weakest in Italy and Spain.

Manpower Chairman and CEO, Jeffrey A. Joerres, said "we're not yet seeing signs that the European labour market has turned the corner, but the good news is most employers intend to keep hiring at the same pace or above compared to three months ago."

"Hiring expectations among Europe's Manufacturing employers have improved in 11 countries from last quarter, most notably in Poland where 25% of employers say they will add to their payrolls. Meanwhile, German job seekers can expect fewer opportunities in the quarter ahead, particularly in the Construction sector where 16% of employers tell us they will cut staff in the next three months."

Manpower UK's Managing Director, Mark Cahill, commented to the Financial Times "UK plc has learnt hard lessons from previous recessions, but this time we're seeing different trends emerge. Employers are postponing hiring commitments until sustainable demand re-emerges, rather than engaging in anticipatory hiring."

"They are also implementing well-managed, complementary, flexible workforces as they adjust to post-recession conditions," Cahill added.

To read the full Global Manpower Employment Outlook please click here



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