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March 14, 2013

MEF Poll: Only 20% of Companies will Recruit in 2013

The Mauritius Employers' Federation (MEF) has released this week's Annual Business Trends Survey.

This survey highlights the concerns and perspectives of 82 Mauritian companies, employing a total of 26,707 people - of different sizes operating in various sectors of the economy. Focus on the highlights of this report. 

Decline in employment in the construction 
In the business world, it is not expected to change significantly in terms of employment in 2013. 61.3% of companies surveyed intend to maintain the same level of employment in 2012. 20% of them plan to recruit due to expansion projects. These include companies operating in the financial sector, insurance and Tics. 

By cons, 18.7% of companies - construction, technical, professional, administrative, among others - include a decline in employment. Reasons given: falling demand, poor economic conditions, competition and restructuring of acute labor. "In 2012, there was an increase in employment in 28% of companies surveyed while there has been a compression of employment in 18.7% of companies surveyed," says Moreover, the MEF. 

Recruitment: Jobs Wanted 
Hiring intentions will be lower in 2013 than in previous years due to a lack of visibility, prevents MEF. Over the next 12 months, it is mainly people working in administration, sales, customer service and other elementary occupations that will be recruited. 

"In the medium term, demand for machine operators, professionals and managers is likely to be higher," said the employers' federation. MEF pulls in the same vein, the alarm about the lack of qualified skills in all sectors. 

Trade, export sector and construction ... the worse off 
Trade, the export sector and construction appear gray mine. In the trade, we decried the weak market conditions, increased competition in the sector and the uncertain economic environment. Side of the export sector, there is concern about the low level of demand. In the construction sector, it decries the increasing competition from Chinese entrepreneurs down large projects and the low level of investment in buildings and construction. In contrast, optimism is in order in the finance and insurance, real estate, transportation and storage and Tics. "These sectors show a relatively high level of confidence," said the employers. 

Very little investment 
24.6% and 28.8% of companies expect an increase in their investment in building and equipment / machines respectively to increase their production capacity. 17.4% and 12.3% plan to reduce their investment in building and equipment respectively.

Mood in the business world: Between optimism and pessimism

41.6% of companies surveyed believe that the economic situation in the country has deteriorated over the last twelve months. A third of them argue that the activities in which they operate have worsened. 27.4% and 32.8% of these companies have faced difficult market conditions in Mauritius and abroad respectively.  

In addition, 45.7% of companies believe that their activities will be better in 2013 compared to 2012. "Most companies expect that the conditions in the various sectors, the country and the market will remain unchanged.Generally, there are signs of a slight recovery in business confidence in anticipation of an improvement in business conditions in general. There is some balance between the proportion of optimists and pessimists, "says the employers' federation.

28% of companies fear a drop in profits

46.7% of companies surveyed reported a decline in profits in 2012 against only 20% who blame rising profits. In 2013, 40% of companies expect to stable profits while 32% expect an improvement in terms of profitability, while 28% expect a decrease in profits.

 

 

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