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Europe — Mixed hiring sentiments in different countries

08 December 2009

Manpower Inc. has today released its Global Employment Outlook Survey on the first quarter of 2010. Across Europe, hiring sentiments are mixed with employers in eight countries indicating modest improvements compared to three months ago.

Employers in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Hungary, The Netherlands, Poland, Ireland, Spain and Romania are reporting their weakest hiring plans to date. Hiring activity is expected to be strongest in Norway, Sweden and Germany.

Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman and CEO of Manpower Inc. said "last quarter employers from only three European countries were reporting positive hiring activity and while we haven’t reached an inflection point yet, today there are eight countries indicating a more positive trend."

"Europe most likely will experience only incremental improvements until consumer demand becomes more robust. Germany is one of the region's bright spots, fuelled partly by optimism in the Finance and Business Services sector where 16% of employers tell us they will add employees in the first three months of the year."

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