ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey – Q1 2022

In the 30th anniversary edition of the ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey in the UK, and 60th year globally, of more than 2,000 employers, all regions and industry sectors report a positive outlook. The UK Outlook is at a 30 year high of +32%, growing 2 percentage points quarter on quarter and 30 percentage points year on year.

Digital roles most in demand: IT, Technology, Telecoms, Communications and Media reported the strongest outlook (+490 %), followed by Restaurants and Hotels (+47%) and Banking, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate 44%) . The weakest hiring intentions were found in Primary Production (+17%), however this number is positive and illustrates consistent hiring intentions for this sector.

London leads the UK’s regions with the highest Outlook at +42%, up a record +54% year on year. While Wales is experiencing the lowest forecasted hiring intentions at +18%, however still showing positive hiring growth.

Employers know flexibility is the key to attracting workers in a tight labour market: Organisations expect 55% (of finance) and 32% (of manufacturing and production) workforce to work a hybrid mix of onsite workplace and remote. This is a substantial change since Q2 2021, when only 22% of organsations predicted a shift to a hybrid model.

Not all roles will be hybrid: The Manufacturing and Production industries are most likely to be in the workplace all of the time (49%) whereas roles in IT and Finance & Accounting are more likely to be full time remote (17%).