The West Midlands’ jobs market is “heading in the right direction” after a bleak few months even though the economic outlook remains uncertain, according to new research.
The West Midlands’ Employment Outlook shows recruitment flatlined in the second quarter of the year in the region, after a fall of two per cent in the first quarter.
Krissie Davies, operations director for West Midlands at Manpower UK, said there were signs of an improvement in fortunes for the region.
She said: “While it’s clearly too early to say that a full blown recovery is upon us, we’re heading in the right direction when it comes to the jobs market. Businesses that were battening down the hatches in the last quarter appear to be considering taking on staff.
“There has been some mass recruitment in the West Midlands of late, particularly in the automotive and telecommunications sectors, which bodes well for the region.
“But, it’s not wholly optimistic. We are in neutral territory and, whilst we hope the region will continue the upward trajectory, there is always the danger it might slip into negative territory again.
“Sentiment is key: with the London Olympics, we might see an upswing in positive sentiment throughout the country – we shouldn’t underestimate the impact that an upturn in attitude can have on the psyche of the nation as a whole. The Olympic effect could well drag us out of recession and into recovery.”