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Global survey finds managers are in demand

Global survey finds managers are in demand
30 December 2011 John Moore

A global survey of over 19,000 organisations in 52 countries has found the job market for professionals and managers is holding up well.

The ‘Global Snapshot’ project from the multi-national recruitment firm, Antal International, asked nearly 20,000 businesses in major markets including Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, India, China and the USA whether they were currently hiring at professional and managerial level.

The survey also asked whether they planned to do so in the coming quarter and whether they were currently letting staff go or were planning to do so in the next three months.

It appears that current hiring levels across the globe were up with 55% of respondents recruiting at professional and managerial level in comparison to 52% in the last survey in July. Around 54% of organisations questioned also intended to hire in the coming quarter.

Western Europe
The highest levels of hiring were found in Malta (82%), Luxembourg (69%), Norway (68%) and Sweden (68%), while the lowest was recorded in Spain where only 27% of companies questioned were in the process of recruiting at professional or managerial level. In the UK the percentage of businesses recruiting was down from 61% in July to 48% now but is expected to rise to 58% in the coming quarter.

Eastern Europe and Eurasia
The highest levels of recruitment in this region were found in Turkey (74%), Russia (67%) and Czech Republic (65%). The lowest were recorded in Hungary (39%) and Croatia (38%).

Middle East
Employment markets were relatively strong across the region, the weakest, in Bahrain registering a respectable 52% hiring rate. The highest levels of recruitment were found in Qatar (77%), Saudi Arabia (73%) and Oman (70%).

In the continent’s most high profile economy, South Africa, hiring levels were up dramatically from 56% in July to 68% now and this figure is only expected to dip marginally to 67% over the next three months. The highest level of recruitment was seen in Nigeria where 73% of businesses polled were hiring professionals or managers.

Asia Pacific
The Philippines recorded the highest level of recruitment activity in all 52 countries surveyed with 98% of organisations currently hiring. Activity was down marginally in China from 70% in July to 67% now but is expected to climb to 68% in the coming quarter. In India the percentage of organisations increasing headcount had risen from 69% in July to 72% now and is due increase to 75% in the next three months.

The Americas
All six employment markets surveyed in the Americas – Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico and the USA – all registered at least 60% hiring activity at professional and managerial level. Canada had the strongest performance with 66% of businesses currently seeking staff.

“While the ongoing troubles of the Eurozone seems to be generating an atmosphere of near panic amongst many bankers and politicians, global employment markets, at least at professional and managerial level appear to be holding up well,” says Antal’s CEO, Tony Goodwin.

He added, “As might be expected the driving force behind the figures is the continuing success of economies in emerging markets, particularly those in Asia. As a result the region has the highest level of recruitment around the world – 67% in comparison to just 39% in Western Europe. Global Snapshot continues to highlight just how dramatic the shift of economic power is becoming. If this trend continues it could be that the next generation of movers and shakers in the business world will be found in Beijing, Brasilia or Bangalore rather than in Boston, Birmingham or Berlin.”

John Moore has over 20 years experience of training and developing Managers, Coaches, Consultants and businesses. As Managing Director of Exponential Training, John researches, speaks, blogs and writes about how to improve performance. He also designs and delivers engaging, fun and interactive learning programmes. John is a Fellow Chartered Manager and has worked with managers and organisations in over 20 different countries.


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