Employers nationwide plan 5pc increase in staffing levels in Q2

Agriculture, forestry, and fishing are the only sectors in Ireland that are expecting a decline in staffing levels in the second quarter of the year.

Restaurants and hotels are reporting strong growth in the opening months of 2016 with employers expecting to increase their staff levels by 12pc.

According to a new report from ManpowerGroup, a workforce solutions firm, net employment across all sectors in Ireland is expected to increase by 5pc in the three-month period between April and June.

Sales director at ManpowerGroup Ireland, Cara O’Leary, said employers’ intentions to increase staff levels reflects a growing confidence in the Irish economy.

“The restaurant and hotels sector is expected to enjoy the highest levels of year on year growth in employment levels, as demonstrated by recent news that a number of new hotels are to be built in Dublin city centre,” Ms O’Leary said.

The strongest hiring intentions for the second quarter of the year were signalled by the electricity, gas, and water sectors.

The employment outlook for those sectors is positive with employers expecting to increase staffing levels by 19pc for the quarter.

Manpower surveyed 620 Irish employers and found that employers in Connaught reported the strongest hiring intentions out of all the provinces polled.

In February APC and MSD announced the creation of 300 new jobs in the pharmaceutical sector.

The announcements from both firms were for highly skilled jobs due to be filled over the course of the next 18 months.

Interestingly the construction sector reported a net employment outlook of plus 9pc for the upcoming three-month period.

It represents a two percentage point increase on the same period last year and a six percentage point increase on the previous quarter.

According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office, the construction industry created just under 10,000 jobs over the course of 2015.

The predicted increase in employment in the sector would be in line with the rise in activity in the industry in the opening months of the year.

The financial and business services sector is predicting a return to growth after a reduced forecast at the start of the year.

Employers in the industry are expecting to report an 8pc increase in staffing levels in the second quarter of the year.

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