ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey – Q3 2021

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27 July 2021 by Paul Howard
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Irish Firms Rally on Hiring as Talent Shortages Tighten

  • Employer’s report hiring Outlook of +15% for Q3, most positive result in Europe
  • Yet over three-quarters of employers are struggling to find the talent their firms need
  • Construction and Hospitality sectors report strong hiring intentions for third quarter

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Irish hiring plans are roaring back into life in the third quarter of 2021 according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

Employers report a Net Employment Outlook of +15% for Q3, the joint-highest recorded in Europe, with all sectors surveyed reporting positive hiring plans for the next three months. Yet despite growing confidence as the economy reopens, employers are also facing dire talent shortages when looking for new staff, with78% struggling to fill roles due to a lack of available talent.

The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 504 employers in Ireland. It asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter. It is the most comprehensive, forward-looking employment survey of its kind.

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John Galvin, Managing Director, Experis Ireland, commented: “The headline stats highlight the optimism employers are feeling going into Q3; with the highest Outlook recorded in Ireland since 2007and positive hiring plans reported in every sector. As the vaccination programme continues to gather pace, employers are finally confident they can plan for the future without further restrictions impacting their business plans.”

“At the same time, organisations in Ireland are facing some of the most challenging hiring conditions in years” says Galvin. “There’s a perception that, due to the economic fallout of the pandemic, employers will have access to a greater pool of talent than before. Yet what we’re seeing from clients is that many skillsets are increasingly difficult to find, with highly-skilled workers in Ireland content to remain in their current roles rather than look for new opportunities; many with increased loyalty to their employer who saw them through the pandemic.”

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Irish Hiring Plans by Industry Sectors, Regions and Organisation Size

Nationwide, employers in all eight industry sectors report positive hiring plans for Q3 2021: Construction (+39%), Pharmaceuticals (+30%), Restaurants and Hotels (+21%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+17%), Manufacturing (+16%), Other Services (Public & Social, Transport, Storage & Communication) (+15%), Finance and Business Services (+6%), Other Production (Mining & Quarrying; Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry & Fishing; and Electricity, Gas & Water) (+6%).

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​From a regional perspective, the results show employers in the Connaught region are the most confident with an Outlook of +29% for Q3. Employers in Leinster report an Outlook of +19%, employers in Ulster report an Outlook of +14%, whereas Dublin and Munster are both at +12%. Elsewhere, larger-sized organisations (250+ employees) are the most confident with an Outlook of +29%. Medium-sized organisations (50-249 employees) report an Outlook of +24% for Q3, small-sized organisations (10-49 employees) report an Outlook of +15% and micro-sized organisations (1-10 employees) report an Outlook of 11%.

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