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News : South West Employers Buoyed by Renewed Confidence
Dec 9, 2014 -- Employers in the South West will be entering the New Year buoyed by optimism, a new survey has revealed.
The Manpower’s Employment Outlook for the region has leapt by 19 percentage points after a brief foray into negative territory last quarter, propelling it towards the top of the regional leaderboard.
The survey is based on responses from 2,103 UK employers. It asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter.
It is the employment surveys used as a key economic statistic by both the Bank of England and the UK government.
Andrew Shellard, operations manager at Manpower UK said: "We said last quarter that we were not too worried about the long term health of the jobs market in the South West and this quarter’s return to positive territory has proved us right.
"Whereas last quarter we saw seasonality having a disproportionate impact on the region’s Outlook, as we enter 2015 we are seeing employers take a longer term view as permanent roles are increasing across the region, particularly full time positions.
"Despite the numerous opportunities available, the candidates who are really in the driving seat when it comes to choosing roles and negotiating salaries are those who can offer in-demand skills.
"The region as a whole is experiencing a skills shortage, but this is particularly pertinent within the contact centre and telesales markets, as well as in manufacturing and administration."
Mr Shellard added: "Looking at the region’s biggest cities, the appetite for hiring is evident across the board. Bristol has the healthiest jobs market, closely followed by Exeter and then Plymouth.
"Sales roles in Exeter can be particularly lucrative, as many of the positions are senior roles and companies are prepared to pay for good and proven salespeople.
"We are seeing more applications from mature candidates, who are keen to use their experience to cash in on the generous packages attached to some of these senior roles.
"Plymouth is a city with a need for manufacturing workers, and candidates who possess soldering, wiring and looming experience can secure well-paid jobs at some of the area’s top manufacturers.
"The NHS is also a big recruiter in and around Plymouth and many of the roles available are administrative positions where candidates need to demonstrate both skills and experience."
The national picture in early 2015 is positive, following 2014’s jobs bonanza, with the highest level of job creation in 40 years.
The national Seasonally Adjusted Net Employment shows that, with an outlook of +7%, 2015 will begin even more optimistically than the fourth quarter of 2014, when the outlook was +6%.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About Manpower UK:
ManpowerGroup is an American multinational human resource consulting firm headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. Manpower provides recruitment and assessment, training and development, career management, outsourcing, and workforce consulting. Founded by Elmer Winter and Aaron Scheinfeld in 1948, the company was acquired by Blue Arrow of Britain in 1987, but became independent again in 1991.
Published: Tuesday, December 9, 2014