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Survey Shows Positive Outlook for Employment for Q2

Ljubljana, 12 March (STA) - Slovenian employers' expectations regarding hiring in the second quarter of the year are encouraging for job job seekers, as the net employment outlook (the margin between those expecting growth and those expecting a drop in employment) stands at +5%, the latest survey by temping agency Manpower shows.

This is a 14 percentage-point improvement over the previous quarter, when the outlook for employment was at a record low.

Manpower sales manager Romana Šercelj explained at a press conference in Ljubljana on Tuesday that expectations for fist quarters were typically bad, while the situation usually improved for second quarters.

Out of the 629 employers who participated in the survey, 14% expect a rise in employment, 9% expect a drop, while 76% believe the number of their staff will stay unchanged in the next three months.

Nevertheless, the outlook for hiring for the second quarter is down 4 percentage points compared to the second quarter of 2012.

The outlook is positive in six out of ten industries. The best chances of getting a job have those looking for employment in the financial and business services sectors, insurance and real estate, electricity, water and gas supply and transport, logistics and communications.

Negative outlook was recorded in the public sector and the social services sector, construction, wholesale and retail.

In three out of four Slovenian regions, the employers expecting growth prevail over those expecting a drop in employment. The biggest rise in employment can be expected in the north-eastern region, while the outlook for the south-east and south-west are also promising.

Employers in central Slovenia are not as optimistic but about 80% of them expect neither layoffs nor hiring, which shows there is a certain degree of stability nonetheless, Šercelj said.

In year-on-year comparison, the outlook is still quite bad. The situation improved in two out of ten sectors, while it deteriorated in all four regions.

On the global level, the employment outlook is positive in 32 out of 42 countries included in the survey carried out among 66,000 employers, while 29 countries had announced a rise in employment for the first quarter.

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