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U.S. hiring outlooks continue to improve in Q2

Christian Fernsby |
Hiring outlooks continue to improve for the second quarter according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey ositive outlooks, with the strongest hiring activity forecast in Leisure & Hospitality sector (+27%), Transportation & Utilities (+23%) and Wholesale & Retail Trade (+22%).

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Topics: U.S.   

Employers are more optimistic about a return to pre-pandemic hiring than last quarter, with more than half (52%) expecting pre-pandemic hiring levels will return before the end of 2021.

Key findings

Return to pre-pandemic hiring - as vaccine rollouts progress, 32% expect to return to pre-pandemic hiring levels by July 2021, and a further 20% before the end of the year.

Strongest hiring outlooks reported in Rhode Island (+29%), Wisconsin (+29%), Michigan (+28%), Vermont (+28%), and Arizona (+26%); weakest in Louisiana (+9%), Connecticut (+5%) and Hawaii (-2%).

Vaccination policy - As more vaccines are approved and rolled out, 48% of employers have no plans to mandate vaccination, 17% will encourage by promoting the benefits, 4% plan to require employees to be vaccinated and 31% are undecided.

New ways of working – in next 6-12 months, organizations expect: 56% of employees to be back in the workplace most of the time, 19% will offer a hybrid work with more remote work, 10% will offer flexibility shift patterns 6% will shift to full remote work, 9% are undecided.

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