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Welsh employers remain cautious about hiring

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Employers in Wales remain cautious about hiring compared to other parts of the UK according to a employment outlook survey.

The research by workforce experts ManpowerGroup asked employers whether they intended to hire additional workers in the coming quarter.

The survey found that although hiring intentions are up in Wales, employers still lack confidence.

hiring intentions up compared to previous quarter.

While Wales is the least confident region, hiring intentions are up 1 point compared to the previous quarter. Cardiff in particular has a lot of opportunities for candidates in contact centres, banking and retail. There has also been a great deal of investment in Wales, with companies including Aston Martin and TATA Steel increasing headcounts by the thousands.

However, there seems to be a mismatch in the expectations of candidates and employers, which is impacting the Outlook. Candidates in Wales are less likely to apply for jobs that pay the National Living Wage, even for temporary work, while employers are looking for qualified candidates, even for low skilled roles. This growing gulf between what employers and candidates expect has made it increasingly difficult to fill roles and dampened hiring optimism in Wales - more so than other regions

– Simon Edwards, Manpower

The survey is based on responses from 2,100 UK employers.