Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Uncertainty Still Weighs on Employer Hiring Confidence Across the Globe in 2Q 2013

    Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Uncertainty Still Weighs on
            Employer Hiring Confidence Across the Globe in 2Q 2013

Employers in More than Three Quarters of Labor Markets Plan to Hire, but
Outlooks Soften from One Year Ago; Signs of Stabilization in Europe

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, March 12, 2013

MILWAUKEE, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Global economic challenges and
uncertainty will continue to contribute to subdued hiring during the second
quarter of 2013, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey
released today by ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN). ManpowerGroup's research suggests
that employers are seeking signs of a robust global economy before labor
markets are likely to achieve sustainable traction.


This quarter's research reveals:

  oPositive Hiring Plans in More Than Three Quarters of Labor Markets:
    Employers in 32 of the 42 countries and territories surveyed expect to add
    to their workforces in varying degrees in the second quarter, compared to
    29 countries and territories in the first quarter. Hiring optimism
    strengthens quarter-over-quarter in 21 countries and territories but
    declines in 15.
  oHiring Weaker Than One Year Ago: Employers in 25 countries and territories
    report weaker hiring forecasts compared to this time last year, with
    outlooks improving from 12 months ago in 15.
  oBrazil, Taiwan, Turkey and India Again Lead the Way, Weakest Outlooks in
    Europe: Employers in Brazil, Taiwan, Turkey, India and Panama report the
    strongest second-quarter hiring plans globally. Those in Italy, Spain,
    Greece and the Netherlands report the weakest Net Employment Outlooks,
    with outlooks from Italy and Spain matching the weakest employer forecasts
    ever reported there.
  oEmployers in Europe in Wait-and-See Mode: While the least optimistic
    second-quarter forecasts prevail across the Europe, Middle East and Africa
    (EMEA) region, where employers in nine of 24 countries report negative
    outlooks, there is a clear improvement from three months ago when negative
    hiring plans were reported in 13 countries.
  oU.S. Employers Report Steady Hiring Pace: Hiring intentions in the U.S.
    remain relatively stable in both quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year

"Employers continue to be troubled by the current global economic environment,
where the only certainty is uncertainty, meaning companies remain cautious
when it comes to adding to their workforces," said Jeffrey A. Joerres,
ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO. "Although the tea leaves are not providing any
clear direction at this stage, there are positive signs from Europe which
suggest some stabilization. There is unexpected and welcome news from France
given the current environment — manufacturing employers indicate they will
hire between 80,000 and 100,000 people this year and this momentum is
projected to continue through 2020. This corresponds with our survey, with
manufacturing sector employers reporting their strongest hiring intentions
since 2008.

"Despite quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year declines in most industry
sectors and regions in Germany, the hiring outlook remains positive and the
labor market is relatively resilient in the face of those headwinds. However,
employers are less willing to ignore developments elsewhere in the eurozone,
Even in Greece — where the labor market has been persistently weak — the
hiring forecast is the most optimistic in three years and hiring plans improve
considerably from last year at this time in the majority of industry sectors

In the Americas, employers in all 10 countries surveyed report positive hiring
intentions for the coming quarter, with hiring plans strengthening in four but
declining in five in a quarter-over-quarter comparison. When compared
year-over-year, Net Employment Outlooks improve in four countries and decline
in six. The strongest regional outlook is in Brazil, while the weakest are
reported in Costa Rica and the U.S.

"There is a familiar story in the U.S and that is of employers taking a
measured and positive approach to hiring. Companies remain cautious about
making any drastic adjustments to their hiring plans, but the small steps
forward indicate a continued trend of improved confidence," said Jonas
Prising, ManpowerGroup President. "Brazil's hiring prospects are considerably
improved from the first three months of the year, and the economic growth
there goes hand-in-hand with a shortage of highly qualified professionals. The
Brazilian government is addressing this by increasing the import of foreign
talent to meet demand in a tight labor market where the challenge is further
compounded by the ramping up of preparations for the next year's soccer World
Cup and the 2016 Olympics."

Employers in each of the eight Asia Pacific countries and territories surveyed
report positive second-quarter hiring intentions. Net Employment Outlooks
strengthen in four of the eight countries and territories
quarter-over-quarter. Year-over-year, outlooks weaken in five of eight
countries and territories. Regionally, the strongest outlook is in Taiwan. The
weakest is reported by employers in Australia, where employer confidence has
been eroding steadily for the past two years and the country's Net Employment
Outlook stands at its weakest level since the third quarter of 2009.

"Chinese employers predict an upbeat hiring pace as employer confidence seems
to be rebounding in all sectors and regions when compared to last quarter,"
said Darryl Green, ManpowerGroup President. "The country is encouraging and
increasing both private and public investment to bolster the country's
economic development. For example, the Chinese government plans to invest 650
billion yuan in railway construction with 5,200km of additional rail scheduled
to go into operation this year. Meanwhile, the data from India shows last
quarter's recovery from the sharp decline of the fourth quarter in 2012 is
continuing. However, companies continue to struggle to close skills gaps, and
the challenge is compounded by recent reports that more than 90 percent of
recent engineering graduates are ill prepared to enter the workforce — either
because of a lack of hard or soft skills."

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Explorer tool, a new interactive way to
examine and compare ManpowerGroup's data, can be viewed at The tool includes
at-a-glance maps and graphs that plot historical and current global hiring
trends. The next Manpower Employment Outlook Survey will be released on 11
June 2013 to report hiring expectations for the third quarter of 2013.

About the Survey
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is the longest-running, most extensive,
forward-looking employment survey in the world, commencing in 1962 and now
polling over 66,000 employers in 42 countries and territories to measure their
intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce
during the next quarter. The survey serves as a bellwether of labor market
trends and activities and is regularly used to inform the Bank of England's
Inflation Reports, as well as a regular data source for the European
Commission, informing its EU Employment Situation and Social Outlook report
the Monthly Monitor. ManpowerGroup's independent survey data is also sourced
by financial analysts and economists around the world to help determine the
health of labor markets.

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