From the Record:
Though the economy has shown signs of improvement, the region’s employers are in no hurry to hire, according to a new survey.
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey found that only about 9 percent of employers in the New York metropolitan area, which includes North Jersey, expect to hire more workers during the fourth quarter of this year. About 12 percent are expected to reduce payrolls, and most of the rest expect to maintain their current employment levels.
Peter Weigang, manager of Manpower’s office in Wayne, said the employment market is awash in well-qualified job seekers.
“I’ve been doing this for 12 years, and this is the highest number of qualified professionals I’ve ever seen,” he said.
“Employers are really taking their time looking at the talent that’s out there because there are so many people available and companies are tight with their budgets,” Weigang said. “They want to be absolutely positive they’re making the right decision when they hire someone.”