Employers in Yorkshire and the Humber remain optimistic despite skills shortage

Employers in Yorkshire and the Humber remain optimistic despite skills shortage

Despite the lack of suitable candidates, employers still remain upbeat on the jobs market according to an outlook survey conducted by ManpowerGroup.

Against the backdrop of record employment and ongoing Brexit negotiations, ManpowerGroup has revealed that employers in Yorkshire and the Humber are cautiously optimistic about hiring.

The ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 2,100 UK employers.

It asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter.

It is one of the most comprehensive employment surveys of its kind and is used as a key economic statistic by both the Bank of England and the UK government.

Jason Greaves, operations director for Manpower, said: “Despite falling from the top spot for employer confidence last quarter, employers in the region continue to be optimistic about hiring.

“There is demand for employees across the board, but particularly in the finance, call centre, warehouse and manufacturing sectors.

“In addition, major regional employer Siemens is increasing vacancies for wind turbine production and the broader supply chain.”

“In Hull, we are seeing job demand in the hotel and hospitality industry because of the City of Culture celebrations, while the Leeds job market is looking strong across the public and private sectors.

“The challenge for employers, in line with the national picture, is that these positive hiring intentions may not come to anything, because of a lack of suitable candidates.

“The best employees are also very difficult to hold onto, especially in customer service and sales roles.”

Nationally, employers have recorded a one point uptick in optimism with a national outlook of +6%.

A surge in positivity among public sector employers is a key factor in the improved national picture, with hiring intentions in this sector up 4 points to +2%, the biggest rise since 2015.

James Hick, managing director for ManpowerGroup Solutions, said: “This is the first time in over a year that public sector hiring plans have been in positive territory.

“June’s general election outcome was seen in part as a rejection of austerity, and it looks like the public sector is powering on, as hiring ramps up.

“At the beginning of the year there were 86,000 vacancies in the NHS; the government recently announced that it will train an additional 1500 doctors a year and create 20,000 new mental health posts.

“However, with the health service so heavily dependent on EU nationals, these hiring targets are going to be extremely difficult to meet.

“And that’s just the NHS; there are tens of thousands of vacancies in other government departments.”