ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey – Q1 2017
UK employers report cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the January-March time frame. While 9% of employers forecast an increase in staffing levels, 3% anticipate a decrease and 87% expect no change, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of +6%. Once the data is adjusted to allow for seasonal variation, the outlook stands at +7%. Hiring prospects are two percentage points stronger, when compared with the previous quarter, while remaining relatively stable year-over-year.