* Sees no real recovery in UK bank jobs market
* Sees more hiring in UK manufacturing from multinational
* Forecasts annual operating profit at top of range
(Adds finance director comments, share move)
By Esha Vaish
April 13 Manufacturing companies in Britain have
started to fill permanent jobs put on hold after the Brexit
vote, recruitment company Hays said on Thursday,
forecasting improved trading in its home market.
Hays, Britain's largest recruitment company, also forecast
operating profit for the year to the end of June would be at the
top of a market consensus range of 199-209 million pounds.
Its shares were marginally down after having gained 6.6
percent in the past two days following strong quarterly updates
from fellow recruiters Robert Walters and PageGroup
While smaller recruiter Robert Walters said on
Tuesday that London banks were hiring more staff, Hays echoed
rival PageGroup's sentiment that there had been no meaningful
recovery as uncertainity lingers about trading arrangements once
Britain leaves the European Union.
"The banking market is in a better place than it was in a
year ago, but it is still pretty subdued," Finance Director Paul
Venables told Reuters.
However, he said the hiring market for manufacturing jobs
was healthier, with demand strong from large international
companies in regions outside of London.
"That's a real positive for the next year or two... The
market is in a much better place than it was 9 months ago,"
Better domestic performance, along with record growth in
Germany and acceleration in hiring in Asia Pacific helped Hays
to report a record group net fees increase of 10 percent at
constant currency in three months to the end of March, ahead of
market consensus of a 6 percent rise.
Hays' net fees for UK and Ireland, which represent just over
a quarter of group net fees, were down 4 percent at constant
currency in the quarter but that represented an improvement from
a 10 percent fall noted in the preceding two quarters.
All three major British recruitment companies have now
recaptured the ground lost in the immediate aftermath of the
referendum vote last June.
"Now (the recuriters) trade at 12-month highs the bar of
expectations is much higher and they will need to keep showing
improved fee income growth abroad and in the UK to keep their
shares on the march," said Russ Mould, investment director at AJ
($1 = 0.7959 pounds)
(Reporting by Esha Vaish in Bengaluru; editing by Jason