According to recruitment firm Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey, private sector firms have a hiring intention rating of +7 per cent for the next three months – the same level recorded for the previous three quarters.The survey gathers responses from 2,100 UK employers on whether they intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce. Mark Cahill, ManpowerGroup’s UK managing director, said: “The private sector is hardly stalling but it remains at the same level. In an improving economic environment, you might expect private sector optimism to be increasing at a faster pace, but it looks as though uncertainty ahead of the general election may be causing some businesses to sit on their hands and take a ‘wait and see’ approach.” In contrast Cahill hailed a “surprising” jump in public sector optimism with an outlook of +12 per cent, double the national average of +6 per cent, and up ten points on the last quarter. “You’d think that with austerity cuts across government departments, public sector hiring would be in the doldrums. But what we’re seeing is the reverse,” Cahill said. “Our data suggests that the public sector is front-loading its hiring in the run up to the general election. Equally staff shortages mean some organisations need to take on staff in order to maintain frontline services. Finally as the public sector looks to streamline its services we’re seeing a growing focus on digitisation, leading to an increase in hiring for new skills. We’ve already helped a number of government departments in this area.” Read more about recent employment news:
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