CZECH EMPLOYERS EXPECT A HEALTHY STAFFING ENVIRONMENT
Prague, 7th March 2023 – Czech employers forecast a healthy staffing environment during the upcoming quarter with a Net Employment Outlook (NEO) of 15 percentage points. Forecasts for the hiring market strengthened by 14 percentage points since last quarter and grew by 4 points compared to this time last year.
Despite the improvement in expectations, the Czech Republic ranks tenth to last globally for its employment expectations, 8 points below the global average. However, the country’s quarterly growth in expectations is remarkable: The Czech Republic ranks first globally for its quarterly increase in expectations, above the 41-country average quarterly increase by 14 points.
Last quarter, the Czech Republic was among the countries expecting the worst hiring intentions. This quarter, greater optimism towards hiring may be partly due to increased energy imports from Germany, as energy availability is helping to reduce costs for businesses and households. Furthermore, the election of a new president supporting a full commitment to NATO may be making businesses feel more secure as the Ukraine-Russia conflict continues.
„After the period of uncertainty and waiting that we saw at the turn of the year, firms now think they will start to pick up again in the second quarter of 2023. The number of optimistic firms has risen by 9 pp to 31 and the percentage of pessimistic firms has fallen by the same amount to 15. The larger part of the Czech labour market shows that it already has much brighter prospects for the near future. In our recruitment practice we see that some companies have started to fill their positions that were frozen, but the labour market remains very turbulent due to economic and social changes,” said Jaroslava Rezlerová, Managing Director of ManpowerGroup Czech Republic.
Industry sector comparisons
Czech employers in 8 of 9 sectors expect to increase staffing levels in the second quarter of 2023, while 1 sector predicts a decrease. Compared to Q1 2023, hiring climates have strengthened in 8 of 9 sectors and weakened in 1 sector. Compared to this time last year, hiring environments have strengthened in 7 of 8 sectors for which we have data and weakened in 1 sector.
The Czech Republic’s most competitive sector is Financials & Real Estate with an employment outlook of 34. This sector reports a rise of 46 percentage points since last quarter and 10 percentage points since this time last year. The Financials & Real Estate sector reports the greatest increase in expectations since last quarter out of all the Czech sectors. The Czech Republic ranks first globally for the Financials & Real Estate sector’s quarterly increase, outperforming the 41-country average quarterly increase by 45 points.
Czech organizations in all 3 regions expect to add staff from April to June 2023. Since the first quarter of 2023, hiring environments have strengthened in all 3 regions. Looking back to this quarter last year, hiring markets have strengthened in 2 of 3 regions and weakened in 1 region.
The most competitive region in the Czech Republic is the Bohemia region with a NEO of 18, rising by 10 percentage points since Q1 2023 and 15 percentage points since a year ago.
One of the regions with the largest quarterly increase is the Prague region with a rise of 16 percentage points. Another region seeing equally great quarterly growth is the Moravia region.
Organization Size Comparisons
All 4 organization sizes anticipate increasing staffing levels in the upcoming quarter. Since the first quarter of 2023, staffing environments have strengthened in all 4 organization sizes. Looking back to this time last year, job markets have strengthened in 3 of 4 organization sizes and weakened in 1 organization size.
Czech employers in large organizations with 250+ employees are the most optimistic with a NEO of 20, rising by 11 percentage points since the previous quarter but falling by 2 percentage points since this time last year. The Czech organizations reporting the largest increase since last quarter are those with less than 10 employees. They report a rise of 17 percentage points.
ManpowerGroup surveyed 38,846 employers in 41 countries and territories to measure hiring expectations from April to June in the second quarter of 2023. The survey was conducted while the Ukraine-Russia conflict had been ongoing for about 11 months. Despite the ongoing unrest and economic headwinds, many employers were cautiously hopeful as inflation and energy prices showed signs of easing. Meanwhile, the global labor market remained strong, with demand for skilled talent reaching a record high of 77%, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage survey. The demand for skilled talent supported the robust global employment intentions in Q2 2023.
In Q2 2023, employers expect to increase staffing levels at the same rate as last quarter, based on the seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook (NEO) that remained at 23 points. Employment expectations held steady since last quarter, suggesting that employers are not looking to accelerate hiring until they see how the global economy changes. However, compared to this time last year, the employment outlook decreased by 6 percentage points, weighed down by high inflation, prices, interest rates, and weaker consumer demand following a cost-of-living crisis. The impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to impact Europe and the global economy.
The strongest hiring plans for the second quarter of 2023 are predicted in Central American countries Panama (41), Costa Rica (38), and Guatemala (38). Employer confidence in the region may be boosted by increased trade flowing through Central America and higher tourism. Furthermore, energy initiatives in the region, like Costa Rica’s decarbonization plans and Colombia’s shift to more renewable energy sources, are raising hiring intentions in the region’s Energy & Utilities sector (37), which reports the greatest expectations out of the sectors in the region. However, political shifts and unrest in Brazil and Peru have contributed to an overall slight decrease in employment expectations in the region since last quarter ( 1 points), as employers in these countries decelerate their hiring plans.
About the Survey
This survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers’ intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce during the next quarter. The Czech Republic is one of 41 countries and territories participating in the quarterly measurement of employer hiring intentions. The survey for Quarter 4 2022 was conducted by interviewing a representative sample of 510 employers in the Czech Republic and asking the same question: “How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in the three months to the end of December 2022 as compared to the current quarter?”.
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