Leeds’s jobs outlook is on the up

Confidence is improving in the Leeds job market, according to recruitment firm Manpower.
Confidence is improving in the Leeds job market, according to recruitment firm Manpower.
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Employers in Leeds are increasingly looking to recruit new staff, a new report suggests, as the average quarterly jobs outlook across Yorkshire was at its most positive since 2007.

Recruitment agency Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 2,102 UK employers. It found that confidence has picked up across the region’s jobs market going into the fourth quarter, with an outlook of plus-10 per cent, some four points above the national average.

Amanda White, operations manager at Manpower, said: “Confidence is improving in the Leeds jobs market, particularly in the manufacturing sector where we’re seeing high demand for skilled shop floor workers and candidates experienced in manufacturing process engineering, electrical maintenance and research and development.

“The increase in permanent roles, which is often indicative of confidence in the longer term outlook, is also very encouraging.”

Mark Goldstone, head of business representation and policy at Leeds Chamber, said the Chamber’s own research reflected the findings of the report, but said businesses were not easily identifying the right candidates for jobs.

“We know companies are seeking to recruit but in our last survey released in July 46 per cent reported hiring difficulties,” Mr Goldstone said. “In response to these challenges we have commissioned further research to understand recruitment difficulties in more detail, this is currently underway and we would encourage companies to contact the Chamber with details.

“We will use this data to advise education providers and policy makers.”

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