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Nation’s hiring outlook ranked second-highest

JOBS APLENTY:Taiwan ranked behind only India, with 41% of businesses surveyed looking to hire, and only 4% cutting staff. Service sector hiring was the highest

Staff writer, with CNA

Taiwan’s hiring outlook for the fourth quarter of this year ranks second-highest in the world, trailing only India, according to a survey released by ManpowerGroup yesterday.

In the survey, the global workforce solution services provider said Taiwan’s net employment outlook after seasonal adjustments for the fourth quarter stood at 35 percent, unchanged from the third quarter, after India’s 41 percent.

The net employment outlook is calculated by subtracting the percentage of employers anticipating a decline in total employment from the percentage expecting to see an increase.

Panama came in third with a net employment outlook of 24 percent, ahead of Singapore with 20 percent and Brazil with 19 percent, the survey shows.

Italy recorded the lowest hiring prospects, with the net employment outlook of minus-13 percent, following Spain at minus-7 percent and Finland at minus-6 percent, with Ireland and Hungary reporting minus-4 percent each.

The survey covered 42 countries and territories in the world, polling more than 65,000 employers.

In Taiwan, 41 percent of a total of 1,085 employers in the survey said they were planning to launch recruitment campaigns, and 4 percent of them said they would cut staff, while 54 percent said their workforces would remain unchanged, ManpowerGroup said.

This means that Taiwan’s net employment outlook for the third quarter was 37 percent before seasonal adjustments.

The willingness of employers to hire in the local service sector appeared strongest among the six major business sectors for the fourth quarter, ManpowerGroup Taiwan operation director Joan Yeh (葉朝蒂) said.

According to the survey, the service sector recorded a net employment outlook of 44 percent after seasonal adjustments, ahead of the construction and mining sector with 42 percent and the finance, insurance and real-estate sector with 41 percent.

The transportation and utility sector came in fourth with a net employment outlook of 35 percent, while the manufacturing, and retail and wholesale sector stood at 30 percent each, the survey found.

In July, Taiwan’s jobless rate rose 0.11 percentage points from a month earlier to 4.25 percent.

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