ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey – Q1 2019

11 December 2018
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ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey - Q1 2019

The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter 2019 was conducted by interviewing a representative sample of 2,102 employers in the UK.

All survey participants were asked, “How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in the three months to the end of March 2019 as compared to the current quarter?”

The survey results for this quarter report that:

  • “Leaking bucket” jobs market drives highest Outlook since summer 2017
  • Churn pushes retail sector Outlook to seven-year high
  • Despite talk of Dublin and Frankfurt, no sign of UK finance jobs outflow.

Hiring intentions among UK employers have climbed to their highest level in 18 months, despite huge uncertainty around Britain’s post-Brexit economic environment, ManpowerGroup’s latest Employment Outlook Survey reveals. The national Outlook for the first quarter of 2019 has hit +6%, as the war for talent hots up in an increasingly tight labour market. But while the buoyant hiring intentions should be read as a positive indicator in some sectors such as finance, in other areas it is a symptom of dwindling supply of the right people, akin to a leaking bucket that employers are struggling to fill.