According to the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, the global labor market remains strong with steady hiring expected for the remainder of 2022 with Brazil (+56%) and India (+54%) showing most optimistic hiring trend.
Organisations in the IT industry report the most optimistic Outlook (+42%); followed closely by Banking, Real Estate, and Insurance (+37%).
The brightest hiring intentions for next quarter are in Asia Pacific (+40%) and South and Central Americas (+39%), with the greatest expectations in Brazil (+56%) and India (+54%).
Employers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) anticipate relatively stable hiring (+21%), yet Outlooks for countries near Ukraine fall by as much as -17% since last quarter.
- India shows the highest level of optimistic hiring trend with 54% followed by China (+46%), and Australia (+38%) report the most positive Outlooks.
- APAC is the only region where hiring intentions improve from last quarter (+6%) and shows a 20% increase from Q4 2021.
- China and Hong Kong continue to bounce back from COVID-19 lockdowns prevalent last quarter, both growing 15% since Q3.
Europe, Middle East, and Africa
- Intentions remain the same when compared with Q4 2021 while easing -3% since last quarter.
- Outlooks vary across the region with employers most keen to hire in Sweden (+34%), France (+34%), Norway (+33%), and Belgium (+33%), and the most cautious in Hungary (-5%), Greece (-3%), and Poland (+1%).
- Countries closest to Ukraine are taking a frugal approach in hiring intentions; for example, Hungary dropped 17% since last quarter, and now report an Outlook of -5%.
- Employers in Canada (+30%) and the U.S. (+33%) report moderate decreases in their Outlooks compared to last quarter, -8% and -5%, respectively, while Puerto Rico reports an overall Outlook of +32%.
- Both Canada and the U.S. expect hiring to be weaker compared to intentions year-over-year, -6% in Canada and -13% in the U.S.
- In the U.S., the strongest hiring outlook is seen in IT (+42%).
Central and South America
- Hiring managers in Brazil report bullish intentions (+56%), followed by Costa Rica (+52%), and Colombia (+46%); The lowest confidence is seen in Argentina (+9%).
- Intentions decline versus the previous quarter (-3%) but improve based on the same time last year (+21%).
- Only two sectors report quarterly improvements: Restaurant and Hotels (+10%) and Primary Production (+2%).
Commenting on the study, ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO Jonas Prising said, “"Despite economic and geopolitical clouds on the horizon, employer hiring intentions remain strong. Organizations continue to focus on attracting and retaining people as competition for employees remains fierce, even two years after the pandemic first began. That means holding onto — and developing — the talent they have. Digital roles continue to drive most of the demand globally with the greatest need for talent with technology skills. The rotation of consumer spending from goods to services continues to create more employment opportunities across hospitality sectors while employers in finance, banking, and insurance compete for skilled workers to fill in-demand roles."