Amongst 680 employers surveyed, 15% said they expect to raise staffing levels, 4% anticipate a decrease, whilst 80% do not expect a change.
Employers in nine of the 10 industry sectors expect to increase payrolls during the April-June period.
"With seasonal variations removed from the data, Barrie's second quarter Net Employment Outlook of minus two per cent is a three percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook", said Lamarche. Net employment outlooks are also strong for wholesale and retail trade, at 24%, as consumers dine out and demand immediate delivery from groceries to fast fashion.
The survey is based on interviews with more than 11,500 employers located in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, ManpowerGroup said. Across the county, the transportation and utilities, manufacturing and real estate sectors are expected to see the most hiring.
Hiring intentions outside of London are increasingly conservative heading into Spring nearly across the board, including the East (down nine points to +3%), Wales (down nine points to 0%), the South West (down seven points to +1%) and North East (down five points to 0%). Of the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the strongest job gains are expected in Greensboro, N.C. (+35%), Denver, Col. (+34%), Indianapolis, Ind. (+33%), Sacramento, Cal. (+32%), Albany, N.Y.
Modest workforce growth is anticipated in the Transport, Storage & Communications sector, where the Outlook is +7%, and in the Mining & Quarrying sector with an Outlook of +6%. This sector also saw the most notable improvement of 7 percentage points, in terms of hiring intentions. More worryingly, the negative Outlook in the Business and Financial services sector - which employs almost a fifth of all United Kingdom workers - suggests jobs are set to be lost in Britain's most important sector.
However, hiring prospects improve in three sectors, most notably by 14 percentage points in the Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry & Fishing sector and by 5 percentage points in the Electricity, Gas & Water sector.
"The best candidates will often have the pick of a number of different jobs or temporary assignments at any one time; in a battle to attract and hold on to top talent, employers must ensure their salaries and benefits packages are in line with or exceed the trends in the region", Mr Greaves added.
Plumb added that there's a "cautious hiring pace" in the next few months, which is seen from the 17 per cent decrease in the hiring outlook from the same time past year.