Global hiring index offers post-Brexit insights

International recruitment specialist ManpowerGroup’s latest survey of hiring intentions sees employers in Ireland most bullish among their EU counterparts

Close to 59,000 employers are included in the latest international Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, which benchmarks hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter (Q4 2016).

Globally, employers in 42 of 43 territories covered plan to increase headcount in the final months of 2016, suggesting a certain level of optimism during this term of uncertainty. Only employers in Brazil reported a negative outlook. Yet compared to the same quarter last, confidence – while still up – seems to have been dented slightly.

The view from Europe

In EMEA, Ireland posted its strongest hiring outlook since Q2 2007. By contrast, Belgium, Finland, Italy and Switzerland posted the weakest hiring intentions among the 25 countries comprising this region.

Employers in the UK continued to post relatively strong hiring intentions, despite June’s Brexit referendum vote to leave the European Union. Greece too performed well, up 13 points on the hiring index compared to the same quarter last year.