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"Labor markets around the world are looking strong for Q2, with hiring outlooks back at pre-pandemic levels in most countries,” said Jonas Prising, ManpowerGroup Chairman & CEO.

Key Findings

  • Strongest hiring plans for employers in Brazil (+40%), India (+38%), Mexico (+38%), and Sweden (+38%);

    weakest reported in Greece (-2%), Poland (+5%) and Japan (+6%).

  • Outlooks improve year-over-year in 36 countries

    with the strongest improvements reported by employers in South Africa, Panama, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Sweden and the Netherlands.

  • Employers in North America report the most optimistic regional outlook

    of 38% followed by South and Central America (+35%), APAC (+28%) then EMEA (+22%).

  • Labor shortages drive worker demand across sectors:

    Manufacturing (+31%), Wholesale & Retail Trade (+29%) and Primary Production (+27) report strong hiring intentions as employers continue to struggle to fill roles requiring workers to be on site.

  • The weakest (though improved) hiring intentions were reported in Restaurants and Hotels

    (20%) as hospitality continues to recover following the outbreak of the Omnicron variant at the end of 2021.