We are among worst in world for job hopes
THE chances of getting a job before Christmas are bleak because employers here are among the most pessimistic in the world.
Irish bosses have the fourth most negative outlook on employment across the world, according to a new survey.
The report, to be released today, shows Irish employers are only less pessimistic than the Greeks -- the most negative in the world -- the Italians and the Czechs when asked about hiring staff in the next few months.
The sluggish prospects for jobseekers in the next quarter is unwelcome news following last week's revelation that the numbers on the dole have hit a new record level of 455,000.
The country's negative score in the survey by employment consultancy Manpower is a slight improvement on last year, but shows the employment market remains very weak.
"Irish employers predict an unstable labour market in the remainder of the year," the survey said. It found 4pc of Irish employers expect their headcounts to rise, but 7pc expect it to drop, while 88pc anticipate there will be no change.
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the fourth quarter of this year also reveals Dublin employers are the most pessimistic about hiring across the regions, followed by Leinster and Connacht.
Ulster bosses were mildly positive, while those in Munster were found to have a "neutral" attitude.
"Based on unadjusted survey data, Dublin employers report the weakest labour market, and hiring prospects are also sluggish in Munster," the report found. "Elsewhere, employers report mixed hiring intentions."
Employers in just three of the 11 industry sectors examined believe their headcounts will grow during the last three months of the year. The "gloomiest" hiring prospects were in the transport, storage and communication sectors and the report noted a "sluggish hiring pace" among employers in mining and quarrying.
In contrast, restaurant and hotel employers were 18pc more upbeat than they were during the previous quarter.
The survey of nearly 62,000 employers across 36 countries showed employers in China, Taiwan, India and Brazil reporting the strongest hiring plans between next month and the end of the year.
Of the 18 countries surveyed in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, employers were more pessimistic in almost two-thirds of those questioned.
Swiss employers had the most positive outlook, followed by Norwegian and Polish bosses, while French, Hungarian and Romanian employers were found to have a "neutral" outlook.
The Irish report was based on a sample of 620 employers who were asked the same single question: "How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in the three months to the end of December 2010 compared to the current quarter?"
The survey was carried out by staff from Manpower and research company Infocorp.