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Unless You Live in Europe, You Are More Likely to Be Hired Than Fired in the Fourth Quarter

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Want to boost your odds of getting a job? Consider moving to India. The latest results of Manpower’s quarterly survey of employers suggest they are approaching hiring with caution for the rest of the year. Of the 42 countries where hiring managers are surveyed, companies in 29 of them expect to boost jobs in the coming quarter. This is down slightly from 32 countries with a net positive hiring balance in the previous survey. The strength of expected job gains is also somewhat weaker in the latest survey, with 14 countries more upbeat on hiring versus 19 where firms are paring back hiring plans.

Still, across Asia and the Americas more companies expect to hire than fire in the fourth quarter, with Indian firms the most bullish in the world. Notably, Japanese hiring managers are marginally more upbeat than their Chinese counterparts. (In the charts, the percentages reflect the balance of employers expecting to boost hiring in the fourth quarter less those expecting to cut jobs over the same period.)

Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, is also its most bullish. In the US, meanwhile, employers expect to add jobs at the strongest pace since early 2008, which may signal better employment reports in the months ahead.

Read more at Quartz

Jason Karaian is Senior Europe Correspondent for Quartz, based in London. He previously spent 10 years at The Economist Group, first at the European edition of CFO magazine writing about the financial aspects of business and later, as financial services editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, covering the business aspects of finance. He also served as industries editor for The World In and wrote about everything from banks to bonds to basketball for The Economist. Before moving to London he was a macroeconomic analyst in Chicago, where he developed an affinity for data and statistics that he now uses to enrich—and demystify—stories about the business world.

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