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Telecoms jobs market in UK is 'strong' says Manpower

Antony Savvas | Sept. 10, 2013
4G driving demand

Continuing activity in the cable, broadband and television markets has led to a another positive jobs market in the telecoms sector, according to recruitment and services company Manpower.

Demand for telecoms jobs in the current quarter sees six percent more telecoms firms hiring rather than reducing staff, says Manpower. This is in line with the national industry avarage.

In the last quarter, 11 percent more telecoms companies were hiring rather than reducing staff numbers, but Manpower says continued investment in fibre broadband and 4G mobile - as the rest of the mobile operators join EE in rolling out 4G networks, means the current quarter's jobs market will be "strong".

Tobias Mills, ManpowerGroup sector director for telecoms and media, said: "There has been a hub of activity in the broadband and television market, and the sector has been gearing up for the recent expansion of the 4G mobile network.

"Although this is only in select geographic locations at present, companies are already thinking about full 4G national roll-outs and what this means for their staffing requirements."

Mills said both large- and medium-sized telecoms companies were taking on more staff and opening new contact centres.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is based on responses from 2,104 UK employers across different industries.

Finance and business services employers are showing the most confident signs of hiring, said Manpower, reporting an Outlook of +16 percent. Although a lot of the new jobs being created in this sector "are a result of the need to fix past mistakes and deal with the impact of scandals, such as PPI mis-selling", said Manpower.


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