Em­ploy­ers ex­pect small rise in hir­ings

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

Em­ploy­ers in Greece are re­servedly op­ti­mistic about mak­ing hir­ings in the first quar­ter of 2017, ac­cord­ing to a quar­terly sur­vey car­ried out by Man­power.

The em­ploy­ment out­look is rel­a­tively sta­ble com­pared with the last quar­ter of 2016, and there was a two-per­cent­age point in­crease from the first quar­ter of 2016. Out of the 750 em­ploy­ers who took part in the sur­vey, 14 per­cent ex­pect an in­crease in em­ploy­ees and 12 per­cent a re­duc­tion, while 72 per­cent do not fore­see any changes.

The sec­tors with the strong­est em­ploy­ment prospects are agri­cul­ture (+15 per­cent), the fi­nan­cial do­main, in­sur­ance, prop­erty and ser­vices to business (+14 per­cent). On the other hand, the sec­tors ex­pected to suf­fer a drop in em­ploy­ment are man­u­fac­tur­ing (-4 per­cent) and trans­port and com­mu­ni­ca­tion (-3 per­cent).

No­tably, em­ploy­ers at ma­jor en­ter­prises (with a staff of at least 250 peo­ple) be­lieve there will be a very ac­tive la­bor mar­ket un­til endMarch, with em­ploy­ment prospects show­ing an in­crease by 26 per­cent­age points. By con­trast, em­ploy­ers at very small en­ter­prises dis­cern an un­cer­tain fu­ture as re­gards hir­ings, with the em­ploy­ment out­look show­ing a 1 per­cent de­cline.

Busi­nesses in the re­gion of At­tica ex­pect a 7 per­cent rise in hir­ings, while those in north­ern Greece fore­cast 3 per­cent growth.

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