The number of companies in Russia which are currently adding staff has decreased slightly to 72%. At the same time however the number of the employers reducing staff has dropped to 38%. Despite these facts the recruiting activity of companies operating in Russia is higher than a year ago and the same trend can be observed around the globe.
“There are still no reasons for making negative forecasts. The market is stabilizing and companies continue to open new vacancies. Even in those sectors which were hit harder during the crisis, the trend has bucked. For example growth activity in the construction sector can be observed already. Construction companies are hiring professionals for project manager and sales manager positions. A slight downturn in growth rates show that employers are still being cautious - an approach acquired during the recession. Moreover, many companies have already staffed up”, - comments Michael Germershausen, Antal Russia Managing Director.
The highest demand for top-level professionals can be observed in production, FMCG, retail, pharmaceutical, energy sectors, banking and automotive sectors.
According to the previous survey the leaders in hiring staff rates became the countries of Asia-Pacific region, however at the beginning of 2011 the Americas were leading the way with 70% of companies adding to their existing staff. Western Europe is one of the exceptions, with only 38% of firms who responded continuing to hire at the mid-to-senior level.
Ukraine continues to show invariably high performance (75%) and remains among the leaders in Europe in terms of recruitment activity with the number of companies surveyed decreasing - however it has to be said from a low starting point given how hard the Ukrainian economy was hit in the global downturn.
Hiring rates in Kazakhstan are as before considerably high – at the beginning of 2011, 71% of the companies who responded are adding managerial staff to their Kazakh operations.