Hotels to hire staff despite Brexit

Boosted by a surge in tourism, restaurants and hotels are among the companies that plan to hire most staff to the end of the year, according to a recruitment company’s survey.

The Manpower survey which found that 10 of the 11 industries planned to be in the market recruiting staff in the last three months of the year will ease fears about the fallout from the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

“Brexit has been a contentious issue for many employers in Ireland but the fourth-quarter survey suggests that employers in most sectors, despite the uncertainty surrounding Britain’s exit from the EU, are still planning to up recruitment levels in the remaining quarter of 2016,” said John Galvin, head of sales at Manpower Group Ireland.

He said that restaurants and hotels were being boosted by the numbers of people holidaying in Ireland.

Firms in the electricity, gas and water industry also reported they plan to increase hires by a substantial amount in the coming three months.

The results will be good news for Finance Minister Michael Noonan as he prepares to present the 2017 budget early next month.

Exporting firms have been hit by the sharp fall in the value of sterling against the euro, which has made it less profitable to sell goods and services across the Irish Sea.

The Manpower survey asked 620 firms here on their assessment of total employment in the three months to the end of year. However, finance and business services firms, plan to ease back on hiring in the fourth quarter. Firms in Ulster said they would be the strongest recruiters.


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