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Survey: Global Hiring Confidence Index Higher in Many Countries

Survey: Global Hiring Confidence Index Higher in Many Countries

The second-quarter Manpower Employment Outlook Survey found that hiring in most of the world's labor markets during the upcoming quarter is expected to either remain the same or improve over three

The second-quarter Manpower Employment Outlook Survey found that hiring in most of the world's labor markets during the upcoming quarter is expected to either remain the same or improve over three months ago.

Overall, the survey found that employers in more than 75 percent of countries and territories reported positive hiring activity, with Germany leading the way in Europe. While prospects for finance jobs have decreased across Europe compared to the same time last year, the U.S. appears to be on track for improvement.

"Our research highlights incremental improvements in select geographies, although the improvements still have a large dose of hesitancy and skepticism built in," Jeffrey A. Joerres, Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup, said in a release. "No doubt, we're encouraged by the increased stability the numbers reveal this quarter, but uncertainty - caused by the disconnection between events at the macro level and the micro level in Europe - continues to temper the appetite for hiring."

The ManPower survey is the latest to suggest an uptick in hiring across the U.S., as the Robert Half Financial Index recently found 91 percent of CFOs planned to at least maintain their current workforce levels this quarter.