The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 2,110 UK employers, 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 and is used as a key economic statistic by both the Bank of England and the UK government.
Amanda White, operations manager at Manpower, said: “The North East is thriving and there are plenty of opportunities out there for job-seekers.
“We are seeing a huge variety of roles available, with the automotive retail, engineering, IT, and hospitality and events sectors particularly keen to bring in new talent.”
“Newcastle is the hive of hiring activity, companies like the AA, Teleperformance and Virgin Trains, who have just moved to the area, are all looking for customer service staff.
“Workers with construction skills are in very high demand in the city, especially those with qualifications that meet the new health and safety regulations.
“We’re seeing a huge demand for specialist and highly skilled mechanics, electrical engineers and managers, as well as carpenters, machine drivers and bricklayers.”
James Hick, ManpowerGroup solutions managing director: “Employment in the UK is at an all-time high, but British businesses continue to create more jobs.
“Britain added 404,000 jobs in the last 12 months alone, and despite the uncertainties of Brexit, employers tell us they still need more workers.”
For the second successive quarter every region of the country reports a positive Outlook, the West Midlands and Wales are the most positive regions (+11%), followed by the North East and then the East and East Midlands (both +9%).
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