Cape Town – South African employers report cautiously optimistic hiring intentions for the next three months, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the fourth quarter of 2016.
Of the 755 employers surveyed, 15% expect to increase staffing levels, 6% forecast a decrease and 78% anticipate no change. Once the data is adjusted to allow for seasonal variation the outlook stands at +9%. Hiring plans are 2 percentage points stronger when compared with the previous quarter and improve by 3 percentage points year-on-year.
“As we move into the last quarter, certain industries experience an expected spike in business associated with the holiday and festive season, possibly allowing for increased employment. This, of course, relies on many factors, including the state of the economy and the strength of the rand,” said Lyndy van den Barselaar, managing director of Manpower SA.