Abstracts: July 22nd, 2002

This survey by Manpower, the UK’s leading recruitment and outsourcing company, involved over 2000 employing organizations. 25% of employers in the Public Sector said they would be increasing staffing levels; with 7% expecting to decrease staffing levels; leaving a ‘net balance’ of 19% planning to take on staff. Manpower concludes that employment prospects in the Public Sector continue to grow positively, with local government and public sector industries appearing to benefit from the impact of Government spending priorities. Health is second in the sector league table with a net balance of 28% – the second highest level in the last 10 years. Education is at the bottom of the table with a negative balance, a net 1% of employers are planning a reduction in staff next quarter. The survey report points out that with the UK GDP up and inflation and interest rates remaining low, employment prospects in the UK are like to continue to improve.Survey of Employment Prospect published by Manpower available from 020 8870 2214; or e-mail nicky@saltlondon.com.