SINGAPORE (Dec 10): Jobseekers have cause for celebration as the hiring pace in Singapore is expected to pick up in the first three months of 2020. This was reflected in the results of the Employment Outlook Survey released on Tuesday by ManpowerGroup, a global recruitment firm.

Of the 630 employers surveyed, 13% are looking at higher payrolls next year. 5% forecast a decrease while 79% expect things to remain at status quo. This translates into a net employment outlook of +9% for 1Q2020 – 5 percentage points more than that for the current quarter ending December 2019.

The employers surveyed come from different sectors, such as finance, insurance and real estate, manufacturing, mining and construction, public admin and education, services, transportation and utilities as well as wholesale and retail trade.

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