With 55% hiring level, Romania takes up eight spot in Europe, in a tie with France.

The biggest current hiring levels amongst European countries were in Switzerland (64%), Austria (58%) and Luxembourg (58%).

At the opposite site is Hungary with 28% of the businesses questioned actively seeking new managers or professionals slightly up from the autumn figure of just 26%. The lowest levels of hiring were in Malta at 31% and Spain at just 30%.

Current hiring across the globe was up from 50% of respondents in the autumn to 53% now. And the percentage of organizations intending to hire in the coming quarter was up from 48% to 55%.

On the downside the percentage of organizations intending to shed staff had also risen slightly from 25% in the autumn to 28% now.

With the economic picture in the USA remains mixed the latest Snapshot suggests that the professional and managerial jobs market has remained static since September. However the percentage of organizations shedding staff has declined from 34% to 29% with employers expecting a further drop over the next three months.

Hiring levels in Brazil have dropped slightly from the 56% registered in September to 50%, but employers seem optimistic about growth in the executive jobs market over the coming quarter.

The ‘Global Snapshot’ from the international recruitment firm, Antal, asked 6151 companies in major markets such as western and eastern Europe, Africa, India, China and the USA whether they were currently hiring at professional and managerial level.