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Manufacturers will be hiring in Q1

Canadian manufacturers are expecting a moderate hiring climate in the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey report.


December 13, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

TORONTO: Canadian manufacturers are expecting a moderate hiring climate in the first quarter of 2012, and the best prospects overall can be found in Western Canada, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey report.

The survey of more than 1,900 Canadian employers in all categories shows 16% plan to increase their payrolls in the first quarter, while 10% anticipate cutbacks and 71% expect to maintain current staffing levels.

In the manufacturing (durables) sector, the net employment outlook is 19%, up from the previous quarter’s 17%. Manpower Canada, a human resources firm with offices in Toronto, said the results also reflect an improvement from the same period last year when industry employers reported an outlook of 13%.

In non-durables manufacturing, the outlook is 13% (seasonally adjusted), and increase from 12% in the previous quarter and up 6% over last year.

“Regionally, employers in Western Canada anticipate the strongest hiring climates for the first quarter of the year,” said Byrne Luft, Manpower Canada’s vice-president of operations, staffing services. “The forecast for this region is due in part to the robust hiring forecast reported by employers in the mining industry sector.”

In Quebec the outlook is 14%, Ontario 13% and Atlantic Canada 12%.

Click here for a copy of the report.