Taiwanese employers in the transportation and utilities sectors showed the strongest intention among six major industries to increase hiring in the coming quarter, a survey released yesterday by ManpowerGroup showed.
Meanwhile, employers in the manufacturing sector reported the weakest staffing demand in the coming quarter because of the ongoing global turmoil, declining export demand and excess capacity at domestic manufacturers, the US employment services provider said in an e-mailed statement.
Nearly half of all employers in the transportation and utilities sectors polled expressed their intention to increase hiring in the second quarter, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based employment agency’s survey showed.
Based on the agency’s “net employment outlook” gauge — calculated by subtracting the number of employers planning to reduce staffing from the number planning to hire — the transportation and utilities sectors registered 40 percent for the three months ending June 30, up 9 percentage points from this quarter and 10 percentage points from a year ago.
“The outlook of 40 percent is also the strongest sector outlook since [ManpowerGroup] started the survey in the second quarter of 2005,” it said.
ManpowerGroup Taiwan country manager Terence Liu (劉玿廷) attributed the strong staffing demand in the two sectors to government policies and programs, such as such as the free independent traveler (FIT) scheme, which has encouraged more Chinese to visit Taiwan, and the promotion of private participation in public infrastructure projects.
“Although employers in Taiwan’s manufacturing sector tell us they will invest less, a growing tourism industry and increasing investment from the transportation and services industries will partially offset the decline,” Liu said in a statement.
Given a positive employment outlook in the service, retail and wholesale trade sectors, the opportunities for Taiwan’s job-seekers are expected to remain bright over the next three months, ManpowerGroup said.
Overall, the nation’s net employment outlook for the second quarter remains one of the most optimistic among the 41 countries and territories polled in the survey.
Of the 1,020 employers polled this quarter, 40 percent said they would increase their staff in the coming quarter, 4 percent planned a decrease in hiring and 52 percent expected to maintain their current payrolls, the survey showed.
A similar poll released by the Council of Labor Affairs last week showed 31 percent of 3,097 Taiwanese employers polled saying they would increase recruitment in the upcoming quarter, with job opportunities increasing by 55,153 next quarter from the first quarter.
In the Asia-Pacific region, employers in India and Taiwan showed the strongest hiring intentions next quarter, while globally, employers in India, Brazil and Taiwan indicated the most demand for staff for the quarter, -ManpowerGroup said.
Worldwide, employers in 32 of 41 countries and territories in ManpowerGroup’s survey showed hiring was set to grow in the second quarter, while seven countries were less positive on hiring compared with the first three months of the year, with the weakest hiring expected in Greece, Spain and the Czech Republic.
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