One-quarter of the businesses in the state have plans to hire more employees, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today.
Manpower spokesperson Karen Miller says the survey covers employers’ staffing plans for the months of April, May and June. Twenty-five-percent of the companies interviewed plan to hire more workers.
“We had another 70-percent that expect to maintain their current staffing levels,” Miller says. “So, we’re looking at a solid 95-percent of employers that are maintaining their workforces or adding.” Just three-percent of the companies surveyed indicated they’ll decrease staff levels in the months ahead. The last survey conducted by Manpower, released back in December, found 21-percent of Iowa businesses planned to add workers between January and March.
“First quarter was good, but second quarter is looking fantastic for those job seekers out there,” Miller says. Another report released last week also indicated Iowa employers are optimistic about boosting their workforces.
The Iowa Business Council survey found 55-percent of the CEOs of the state’s largest businesses anticipate hiring more employees over the next six months, while 40-percent expect “no change” in employment levels.