Employers upbeat on hirings

Nearly a third of employers in Greece plan to up staff levels in the second half of the year after a declining rate of hiring from January to June, according to survey results made public yesterday. The survey, conducted by job finder and Kappa Research, found that 30 percent of employers expect to hire full time staff later in 2008 after 39 percent had put the brake on hirings. «Economic uncertainty may have led some employers to be more careful regarding hiring but almost a third are planning to increase staff levels in the second half of the year,» said managing director Theofilos Vasileiadis. «More than half also declared that they have available positions for which they cannot find the suitable specialized staff.» Some 53 percent of employers cannot fill vacant positions in fields such as sales, marketing and IT, despite the slowing economy. The survey, carried out in the first two weeks of July, questioned 237 executives and human resources managers as well as 656 employees.