Strong hiring optimism continues into the second quarter of 2022, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey of more than 41,000 employers across 40 countries and territories. In the UK, +31% of employers plan to add to their workforce – down by two percentage points on Q1, but up by 30 percentage points year-on-year.
Other Services* show the most positive Outlook this quarter with +43%.Digital roles continue to drive demand as well with IT, Technology, Telecoms, Communications and Media reporting the second strongest outlook (+42%), followed by Primary Production** (+36%), Banking, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (+35%) and Restaurants and Hotels (34%). The weakest hiring intentions were found in Not for Profit (+17%) and Wholesale and Retail Trade (+26%), although still showing a positive Outlook for these sectors.
All regions remain positive with employers in the East of the UK the most optimistic with an Outlook of +35%. While West Midlands is experiencing the lowest forecasted hiring intentions at +25%, however still showing positive hiring growth. London employers anticipate a decline in Outlook from +42%, to +31%, bringing the Capital in line with the rest of the UK.
*Professional, Scientific and Tech activities.
**Agriculture; Electricity; Gas and Air Conditioning Supply; Water Supply.