Despite uncertainty in many of the world's economies, Hong Kong companies remain generally upbeat regarding fourth quarter recruitment objectives.
A recent survey involving more than 800 employers, by Manpower Group recruitment specialists, showed that companies in six sectors anticipate solid headcount gains in the fourth quarter (see below).
On a quarterly basis, hiring prospects improved in three of the six industries. The services sector outlook strengthened by 13 percentage points, while 2 percentage point increases were reported in both the finance, insurance and real estate sector, and in mining and construction. For wholesale and retail, outlook fell by 6 percentage points.
Year on year, employers reported stronger hiring intentions in four of the six industry sectors.
"Of course, in any forecast, there are monthly fluctuations driven by various events, but similar to the third quarter, hiring pr