South African employers set for modest hiring in Q4

One in five Romanian employers to hire in Q4- ManpowerGroup

"The stronger hiring outlook in the services sector reflects the expected surge in demand for IT specialists, especially those dealing with cyber operations and cyber security as more companies go digital", said Ms Teo, adding that Singapore's Smart Nation project is also expected to drive demand for data scientists and software engineers.

After a slowdown over the past three quarters, hiring in India is expected to improve in the third quarter of the current fiscal, according to a survey by the ManpowerGroup. This results in a net employment outlook of 9% on a seasonally adjusted basis, an increase of one percentage point from the outlooks for both the third-quarter and the same quarter of past year.

Across the United Kingdom as a whole, the index reading has increased by one over the past three months to plus six, helped by the biggest increase in hiring intentions among public sector employers since 2015.

With only 12% of employers foreseeing a decrease in staffing levels and 66% anticipating no change, Romania's seasonally adjusted net employment outlook (NEO) stands at +15%.

The majority of employers in the region plan to maintain their staffing levels in the fourth quarter, but 22 percent are planning to increase while 4 percent are planning to decrease levels. Hiring intentions increase by four percentage points in the Northeast and are relatively stable in three regions. Hiring plans are trending stronger than in the same quarter of 2016 in seven out of 10 industry sectors and five out of eight regions, but weaken on the quarter in five sectors and five regions.


James Hick, ManpowerGroup Solutions Managing Director: "This is the first time in over a year that public sector hiring plans have been in positive territory".

"Such signs of increased caution are often associated with a changing regulatory environment, which may induce employers to adopt a wait-and-see approach as they calibrate their budgets and staff needs", the official said.

In terms of regions, hiring perspectives are most favorable in the Bucharest & Ilfov and Northwest regions, where employers report Outlooks of +17% and +15%, respectively. The strongest labor market is anticipated by employers in the North, who report a Net Employment Outlook of +27 percent.

Erica Melarangili, Manager for ManpowerGroup Employment's Kitchener Office says 1,900 employers were surveyed across Canada.

Employers in the finance, insurance and real estate sector, the wholesale and retail trade sector, and the manufacturing sector meanwhile expect a modest rise in hiring outlook.

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