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Manpower Survey Projects Cautious Growth of Employment in Q2

Ljubljana, 08 March (STA) - Cautious growth in hiring is expected in all regions of Slovenia in the second quarter of 2011, with manufacturing and electricity, gas and water supply offering most job opportunities, according to temping agency Manpower.

There are plenty of employment opportunities in Slovenia, although the current trends indicate conservative growth in employment, Romana Sercelj, a human resources manager at Manpower Slovenia, told the press in Ljubljana on Tuesday as she presented the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The share of employers participating in the survey who have projected growth in employment in the second quarter is higher by 5% than the share of employers projecting a decline, which is three percentage points more than in the first quarter of 2011.

As many as 77% of employers surveyed do not plan any changes in staff numbers in the second quarter, which according to Sercelj shows that the labour market in Slovenia is stable.

A decline in employment has been announced in the financial and business services sector, insurance and real estate, while the number of employees in the public sector and welfare services is to remain unchanged.

The survey, carried out in January on a sample of 620 companies from ten industrial branches, is part of a global survey carried out by Manpower in 39 countries.

"Trends are relatively positive at the international level," Sercelj said, noting that employers projected a growth of employment in the second quarter in 33 countries included in the survey.

In Germany, which is the biggest export market for Slovenia, the growth in employment continues. "A very strong employment boom is taking place in the logistics, transport and communication sector," Sercelj added.

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