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More jobs available next quarter, say employers.

Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail

Employer hiring confidence in Wales is positive for the second quarter of 2005, according to research released today by Manpower. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey shows that the balance of employers forecasting to take on more staff in Wales is +16%, compared to a UK average of +15%.

This represents a considerable quarter-on-quarter increase of one percentage point but a year on year decrease of three percentage points.

Andrew Shellard, group business manager for Manpower in Wales, said, 'Hiring trends across Wales remain stable for the coming months.

'Employers are displaying a long-term confidence in their business growth and this is reflected in the steady increase in the number of employers looking to take on permanent staff.

'However, this confidence is tempered with a level of healthy caution.

'When employers do invest in new hires they are taking time to find those with the right skills fit.'

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey provides a forecast of employer hiring intentions for the quarter ahead: April to June 2005.

A total of 2,100 employers in the UK were surveyed as well as more than 40,000 employers in 21 countries all over the world.

Mr Shellard added, 'As new budgets become available for the next financial year, companies will increase their recruitment activity.

'Demand from both the public and private sectors is strong and the need for experienced customer service and sales staff continues to grow.

'My advice for people looking for work is to gain a mixture of formal qualifications and work place experience.'

Across the UK, eight of the nine industry sectors surveyed by Manpower are planning to take on staff next quarter.

Employers in construction at +22% (up five percentage points year on year); transport and communications at +18% (up 16 percentage points); community and social at +16% (down four percentage points), all reported figures above the national average.

The utilities sector is the only sector to expect cutbacks, with a net employment outlook of -3%, a decline of 14 percentage points over the last year.

Employers in all 12 regions surveyed intend to take on more staff in the quarter ahead.

Employers in Scotland are the most optimistic, with +29% looking to expand their workforce - an increase of five percentage points over the year.

Conversely, employers in East Anglia, London and the South West are the least optimistic, reporting net employment outlooks below the national average.

Manpower is the UK's leading workforce management company, specialising in permanent and temporary recruitment, HR services, managed services, outsourcing and HR consultancy.

It has been established in the UK since 1956 and today works with organisations in both the public and private sector.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Mar 23, 2005
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