Dutch employers remain 'cautiously optimistic' about hiring

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Third-quarter hiring intentions remain cautiously optimistic among Dutch employers according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The overall hiring prospects among employers for the period of July through September 2011 are slightly more positive than those reported by Manpower in the second quarter. The Net Employment Outlook figure of +4% is a single percentage point stronger than in both the previous quarter and during the third quarter of 2010, and Outlooks are stronger in six of nine industry sectors compared to a year ago.

Based on responses from 752 Dutch employers, third-quarter hiring expectations in all nine industrial sectors and in three out of four regions are positive.

Haiko van der Pol, Marketing and Communication Director at Manpower Netherlands, says: "This steadily increasing employment outlook confirms our impression of a cautiously recovering Dutch labour market. Although modest in nature, the gradual improvement of employer optimism may be explained by the fact that throughout the current recovery, Dutch employers have been aware of the imminent shortage of talent on the labour market; they have been less inclined to trim their workforces - especially those employees with the skills that employers realized they would need once markets began to recover.

As the markets continue to improve modestly, it now appears that the workforce gaps to be filled in the Netherlands, are not that large in comparison to other countries.

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