Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Q3 2019
Slovak employers report respectable hiring plans for 3Q 2019
Strongest hiring opportunities expected in the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector and Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Business Services sector
Bratislava, 12th June
– Slovakian employers report respectable hiring intentions for the
coming quarter. Considerable hiring opportunities in the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector and Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Business Services sector have offset a considerable quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year decline within the Manufacturing sector. These are the key findings from the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey for Q3 2019, which reports a national Net Employment Outlook (NEO)1 of +9% for Slovakia. This signals that more employers expect to increase staffing levels than not in the third quarter 2019. Hiring intentions remain relatively stable when compared with the previous quarter but decline by 2 percentage points in comparison with this time one year ago. The survey collects data from over 59,000 employers in 44 countries, including 750 in Slovakia.
“Great news from the Slovak labor market continues to come and we are pleased that the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey shows the continued optimism of employers,with the most positive forecasts reported since the beginning of the survey in 2011. We see that 25% of large companies plan to increase the number of staff and several new investment projects plan to enter Slovak cities and create thousands of jobs, mainly in the automotive industry and logistics. Part of the challenge for employers is an inability to find suitable candidates for their vacancies, resulting in increasing wage levels, and a growing need to invest in employee reskilling and development. We’re also seeing employers recruiting abroad for both skilled and unskilled positions and placing a strong emphasis on HR marketing and investment in building an employer brand,” said Zuzana Rumiz, Managing Director of ManpowerGroup Slovak Republic.
Industry sector comparisons
Workforce gains are anticipated in eight of the 10 industry sectors during the coming quarter. The strongest labor markets are forecast for two sectors with Net Employment Outlooks of +15% ꟷ the Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Business Services sector and the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector. Moderate job gains are expected in the Public & Social sector, the Restaurants & Hotels sector and the Transport, Storage & Communications sector, with Outlooks standing at +10%, and in the Construction sector with an Outlook of +9%. However, employers in two sectors expect to trim payrolls, including the Mining & Quarrying sector where the Outlook stands at -5%.
The Net Employment Outlook is calculated by subtracting the percentage of employers anticipating a decrease in hiring activity from the percentage of employers anticipating an increase in employment. Seasonal adjustment is then applied to the data. Hiring intentions weaken in five of the 10 industry sectors when compared with the previous quarter. The most noteworthy decrease of 16 percentage points is reported in the Manufacturing sector. Meanwhile, employers in three sectors report stronger hiring plans, with a 6 percentage point improvement in the Restaurants & Hotels sector. When compared with this time one year ago, employers also report weaker Outlooks in five of the 10 industry sectors. Considerable declines of 13 percentage points are reported in both the Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry & Fishing sector and the Mining & Quarrying sector, while Manufacturing sector employers report a decrease of 12 percentage points. However, hiring prospects improve in three sectors, most notably by 10 percentage points in the Restaurants & Hotels sector.
Employers in all four regions expect to add to payrolls in the July-September period. The strongest hiring pace is forecast in Western Slovakia, where the Net Employment Outlook is +12%. Steady workforce gains are also expected in Bratislava, with an Outlook of +11%, while Outlooks of +8% and +7% are reported in the Eastern and Central regions, respectively. In a comparison with the previous quarter, hiring plans weaken by 2 percentage points in Central Slovakia. Elsewhere, Outlooks remain relatively stable in both Bratislava and the Western region, while Eastern employers report no change. Bratislava employers report a moderate decline of 6 percentage points when compared with the third quarter of 2018, but Outlooks remain relatively stable in both Central and Western Slovakia, while Eastern region employers report no change.
Large employers report the strongest hiring prospects with a Net Employment Outlook of +17%. Elsewhere, Outlooks stand at +12% and +5% for Medium- and Small-size employers, respectively, while the Outlook for Micro firms is +4%. When compared with the previous quarter, Large employers report a decline of 5 percentage points and the Outlook for Micro employers is 2 percentage points weaker. Meanwhile, hiring plans are unchanged for Small- and Medium-size employers. In a year-over-year comparison, Outlooks decline by 8 and 4 percentage points for Large- and
Small-size employers, respectively. However, the Outlook for Medium employers improves by 2 percentage points, while Micro employers report relatively stable hiring intentions.
Third-quarter hiring confidence is strongest in Japan (25%), Croatia (23%), Taiwan (22%), the U.S. (21%), Greece (20%) and Slovenia (20%), while the weakest hiring prospects are reported for Hungary (-2%), Argentina (1%), Italy (1%) and Spain(1%).
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