At +7%, hiring intentions in the region match the national average and are above both the North East at +6% and the North West at +2%.
Amanda White, operations manager at Manpower UK, said: “We’ve seen some real optimism in the region, especially compared to other parts of the north.”
Based on responses from 2,100 UK employers, the survey asks employers whether they intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter.
Pointing out the region’s key areas of employment, White said: “We’re seeing employers in cities like Leeds seeking to hoard skills, keeping skilled employees even when demand is low, to avoid having to re-enter the hiring market to meet peak demand.”
Investment from companies like Siemens is helping to generate new jobs in the Humber, alongside a strong demand within manufacturing and the NHS.
Industries specializing in FMCG manufacturing, food production and print are seeing extensive growth within Leeds, and both Hull and York have an abundance of senior business positions looking to be filled.
Meanwhile, call centre and administrative opportunities are widespread throughout the entire region.
Nationally, hiring intentions among Britain’s employers in the first half of 2016 are at their strongest level since 2007, with the latest employment statistics showing 521,000 jobs created in the last 12 months.