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6:00am 11th December 2012

Yorkshire and Humberside’s Net Employment Outlook has increased by ten percentage points since three months ago to +2% in Q1 2013, according to Manpower, the global leader in contingent and permanent recruitment workforce solutions.This is the first positive Outlook in the region for a year, with opportunities in Manufacturing and Sales helping to drive the recovery.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 2,100 UK employers. It asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming economic quarter. It is the most comprehensive, forward-looking employment survey of its kind and is used as a key economic statistic by both the Bank of England and the UK government. The national Seasonally Adjusted Net Employment Outlook of +6%1 indicates that the jobs market looks twice as good as it was in the final quarter of 2012 when the Outlook was +3%.

“This upsurge in Outlook for the new year is reassuring, and puts the region back on the firmer footing that we saw this time last year.” said Amanda White, Operations Manager at Manpower. “The boost has come from increasing activity levels within the Manufacturing sector, which looks set to continue to grow in the coming quarter. There is also demand for sales personnel, particularly candidates at a more senior level who can demonstrate solid experience.”

“We urge everyone, whatever their level of experience, to research thoroughly in preparation for interviews. Candidates with in-demand skills who can demonstrate knowledge of the company and the role continue to be what employers are looking for,” adds White.

Overall, the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey reveals a tide of positivity sweeping across parts of the UK, with no evidence of the North-South divide which has been a feature of the jobs market in recent years. The North West has seen an uptick, rising to a healthy +6%, with the North East also positive (+4%). Both the East and West Midlands report healthy Outlooks of +8%.  London and the South East remain upbeat at +5% and +7% respectively whilst the clear regional winner is the East of England recording an Outlook of +11%. Scotland is the only part of the UK which records a negative Outlook (-1%) with Northern Ireland flat lining at 0%.

The latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey figures also show UK employers of all sizes are looking to hire. Large (+11%), small (+12%), and medium-sized (+10%) businesses have all put in strong double digit performances and although the overall picture is held back by the performance of micro-sized business (those employing between 1-9 members of staff), this sector still stands at a four year high (+3%).

Whilst the national Outlook is as positive as it has been for many years, black spots still remain. The Outlook for Construction is particularly weak (-14%). This is all the more troubling when you consider that were it not for the new infrastructure investment, the situation could be even worse.

Of the sectors that are doing notably well, the Retail, Wholesale, Restaurants and Hotels sector records its best Outlook (+3%) since mid-2008. This could indicate that, after a torrid time on the high street with big chains like Comet collapsing, early signs of consumer confidence are beginning to return. A good example of this is Sainsbury’s which announced recently it would take on 10,000 staff over the next three years to staff its convenience stores business. The main winner is the Finance and Business services (+13%), but the optimism here this quarter is among business services firms rather than financial ones.

Mark Cahill, UK Managing Director at ManpowerGroup, comments: “The surge in optimism this quarter should also be seen in the context of a changing employment landscape. Undoubtedly these are good figures and should bring some much needed Christmas cheer to the economy, but underlying this is a more complex picture. There has been a seismic shift in the nature of employment with many of the new roles created being temporary or part time positions.  Whilst workers can expect a lower risk of losing their job, the flipside of this is that there is now a higher risk of having to work reduced hours or seeing a wage cut in real terms. The message to jobseekers is clear: if you want to get ahead in the 2013 jobs market, you need to accept this as the new reality of the jobs market.”

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