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The outlook for jobs has worsened with a survey of 2,100 employers finding that four out of five had no plans to hire workers in the next three months

The survey by Manpower found that hiring expectations were at their lowest level for three years.Finance and business services are cutting back on hiring plans, although utilities continue to seek new staff.

The survey comes ahead of the official unemployment statistics on Wednesday which are expected to show another riseThe Manpower survey found big regional variations. Employers in the East of England were hiring more than those in the West.

The survey found employers in the North East were the most upbeat, with a +10% rating, while those in the North West had a rating of -5%.A positive number implies more employers want to increase rather than decrease their staff.

The employment outlook for Scotland was flat, Northern Ireland was -6% and Wales -3%.Nationally, the survey produced a flat rating of 0% down from a rating of +1%, implying no growth in employment during the quarter.


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Written by Scott Buckler   
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:45
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:49

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