The hiring intentions in the telecoms and media sector have more than tripled for this quarter according to ManpowerGroup, with superfast broadband and 4G deployments driving the confidence of employers.
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 2,101 UK employers across different industries. It asks whether employers intend to hire additional workers or reduce the size of their workforce in the coming quarter.
The national seasonally adjusted net employment outlook for all industries is +8 percent, indicating the jobs market is up on the second quarter of 2014, when the outlook was +7 percent. But for the telecoms and media sector the outlook was an impressive +17 percent.
“Telecoms and media has enjoyed a great first half to the year and this is continuing into the third quarter, with hiring intentions for the sector rising at an astonishing, yet sustainable rate,” said Tobias Mills, ManpowerGroup sector director for telecoms and media.
He said: "As consumer habits continue to evolve and media content becomes more optimised for mobile devices we expect there to be increased demand for customer service, technical and sales positions as the battle for market share hots up.
“The recently announced deal between BT and EE is a perfect example of where this growth is likely to come from, and it will be very interesting to see what this means for job creation and how the other providers and content producers react."
BT is planning to use the EE network to launch a new mobile service and expand its WiFi footprint.
As for superfast broadband roll outs, Mills said there were hiring problems. "The major issue for our clients is finding the highly skilled engineers for this roll out. Whilst in certain parts of the country, such as cities and more urban areas, it is relatively straight forward to find workers with the relevant experience and skill levels, they are finding it much more difficult in the more remote corners of the country.”
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