Almost one in ten employers plan to hire more employees

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9% of Norwegian employers plan to add staff to the workforce in the coming quarter. The outlook is unchanged from the same time last year.


“Employers looking for new talent must prepare for hard competition,” said Maalfrid Brath, Managing Director of ManpowerGroup Norway.

She cited ManpowerGroup’s Labour Barometer 2018, where it appears that several Norwegian employers plan to staff up,rather than staffing down the workforce in the coming quarter.

9% of employers in the survey state that they will hire more people before the new year. 84% plan to keep the workforce as it is, while only 6% plan to reduce staffing.

The employment plans of Norwegian employers have risen steadily over the past two years, but are downgraded for the next quarter. Prospects are 3 percentage points weaker than in the previous quarter, and unchanged from the same quarter last year.

In the survey, employers in seven out of nine industries have stated that they are planning to increase the staffing level.Hotels, oil and gas, as well as banking and finance are pinpointed industries for staff increases.

“We see that optimism continues among employers in most sectors.

Requirements for skills, and skills changing rapidly, mean that employers must think differently to ensure the candidates they need,’’ said Brath.


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