Employment prospects across parts of Asia improved in the fourth
quarter of 2009, but remained weakest in Japan and New Zealand,
according to a recent employment outlook survey by Manpower.
India, China and Australia showed the strongest employment
prospects, but compared with 12 months ago, employer hiring
expectations are weaker in all countries and territories, most notably in
Japan, India and Hong Kong.
“Indian employers have absorbed the layoffs conducted in the third
quarter and are telling us they will begin hiring again at a conservative
pace, but most intend to keep their workforces intact through the end of
the year,” said Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman and CEO of Manpower.
“Government stimulus efforts around infrastructure projects are
contributing to accelerated hiring plans in India’s Mining and
Construction sector,” he said.
“Meanwhile, hiring expectations in China are among the most
optimistic of the year, with outlooks improving from three months ago
across all industry sectors, particularly in the finance/insurance/real
estate and the services sectors.”