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More businesses looking to hire than downsize: poll

Staff writer, with CNA

More businesses are seeking to hire than to downsize in the second quarter, a ManpowerGroup survey on Tuesday last week found.

The survey found that 43 percent of firms wanted more employees, while 4 percent wanted fewer.

That leaves Taiwan with a net change in employment of 39 percent, second in the world only to India, an indication that the nation is riding the high of a global economic recovery, the survey found.

Another 51 percent of respondents said that the number of staff will remain unchanged, with the remainder not yet decided.

The group said that hiring reflected business optimism.

ManpowerGroup’s global employment outlook polled 65,000 enterprises from 42 countries, including 1,071 Taiwanese employers and personnel officials.

Overall, employment outlook has become significantly brighter worldwide. Employers in 38 of 42 countries and territories are expected to increase staffing levels in the next three months, the largest gains in hiring plans in nearly six years.

Net change in employment in Singapore trails Taiwan at 18 percent, while in China it is at 16 percent and Hong Kong 14 percent.

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