The â€˜Global Snapshotâ€™ survey conducted by Antal; an international recruitment firm, has asked 9117 companies in major markets around the world whether they were currently hiring at professional and managerial level. It then asked whether those companies planned to do so in the coming quarter and whether they were currently firing staff or were planning to do so in the next three months. Current international hiring levels went up, from 54% of respondents at the beginning of the year to 57% now. The percentage of organizations intending to hire in the coming quarter was also up from 55% to 57%. The percentage of organizations intending to terminate staff had remained relatively stable at 23%, up just 1% point from June 2010.
Across the globe the sectors with the highest levels of recruitment at professional and managerial level were:
2) Renewable energy
5) Professional services
The lowest were government (excluding healthcare and education, newspapers and magazines, utilities and music and entertainment.)
Despite the continuing troubles of the US jobs market, the picture for managers and professionals appears relatively healthy with 66% of organizations recruiting at this level. The most active markets are in Canada (76%) and Brazil (70%), while the most depressed is Argentina at 46%.
The highest current hiring levels were in Belgium (63%), Luxembourg (63%), the UK (61%), Austria (61%) and Switzerland (60%). The lowest levels of hiring of professionals and managers were in Portugal (42%), Spain (37%) and, despite the relative strength of its economy, Germany at just 32%.
Africa and the Middle East
Qatar registered the highest level of recruitment at professional and managerial level (80%) with the UAE and Saudi Arabia lagging well behind at 53% and 49% respectively. In Africa the highest level of recruitment was registered in Egypt (74%), Nigeria (66%) and South Africa (63%). The lowest level was in Kenya at just 38%.
Asia currently provides the healthiest jobs market for managers and professionals. Hiring in Thailand stands at 86%, in China at 81% (up from 72% in June), in the Philippines at 80% and in Singapore at 79%. Even Pakistanâ€™s relatively poor performance at just 62% remains impressive by global standards.
Activity in both Australia and New Zealand is up, from 69% in June to 78%.
Eastern Europe and Eurasia
The highest recruiting levels in this region were in Slovakia (76%), Russia (75%), Turkey (74%), Slovenia (69%) and Czech Republic (68%). Hungaryâ€™s well-documented economic problems meant that it continued to have the lowest level of hiring in the region with only 27% of businesses questioned actively seeking new managers or professionals.
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