TORONTO—Canadian employers expect the hiring climate to remain favourable for the first quarter of 2013 according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
With seasonal variations removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook of 13% is a slight increase when compared to the Outlook reported in the previous quarter. This Outlook is also a one percentage point drop from the Outlook reported during the same time last year. However, results for the first quarter represent a continued trend of steady hiring patterns over the course of the last year.
The survey of over 1,900 Canadian employers reveals that 13% of them plan to increase their payrolls in the first quarter of 2013, while 7% anticipate cutbacks. Of those surveyed, 78% of employers expect to maintain their current staffing levels while 2% are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter.
Manufacturing – Durables
The Net Employment Outlook for employers in the Manufacturing – Durables sector remains at a favourable 12%. This Outlook remains unchanged when compared to the prior quarter’s forecast but it is a five percentage point decrease when compared to the Outlook reported in the same quarter last year.
Employers in the Mining sector anticipate a mild first quarter in 2013, reporting a Net Employment Outlook of 8%. This is a nine percentage point reduction from the Outlook reported in the previous quarter. The Outlook is modest, with a considerable decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time last year.
Manufacturing – Non-Durables
In the Manufacturing – Non-Durables industry sector, employers report a Net Employment Outlook of 6% indicating a mild hiring climate for the first quarter of 2013. Employer hiring intentions are relatively stable when compared to the previous quarter, when employers reported an Outlook of 5%. However, it is a seven percentage point drop from the Outlook reported during the same time last year.
Regional Hiring Intentions Respectable
“Regionally, employers in Western Canada and the Maritimes anticipate the most upbeat hiring climate for the upcoming quarter,” said Byrne Luft, vice-president of operations for Manpower Canada.. “The data indicates employers expect a positive environment for job seekers, with employers in both regions reporting Net Employment Outlooks of 15%. Employers in Ontario project a respectable first quarter, with a Net Employment Outlook of 10%. Meanwhile, Quebec employers anticipate a mild hiring climate for the upcoming quarter, reporting a Net Employment Outlook of 7%.”