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Manufacturers expect lukewarm hiring climate in Q2

Hiring outlook for manufacturers drops four percentage points from Q1.


March 12, 2013
by PLANT STAFF

TORONTO—Canadian employers expect the hiring climate to remain steady for the second 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 12% is a slight decrease 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 second quarter do represent a continued trend of respectable hiring patterns seen over the course of the last year.

The survey of over 1,900 Canadian employers reveals that 20% of them plan to increase their payrolls in the second quarter of 2013, while 5% anticipate cutbacks. Of those surveyed, 75% of employers expect to maintain their current staffing levels.

Job seekers in Western and Atlantic Canada are likely to benefit from an upbeat hiring climate from April through June, while Ontario and Quebec still expect some gains. Although regional Outlooks are experiencing slight decreases compared to the previous quarter, job seekers will likely continue to find opportunities in the labour market as employers throughout Canada project the hiring pace will remain steady through the spring.

The Net Employment Outlook for employers in the Manufacturing – Durables sector is a mild 8%. This is a four percentage point drop from the Outlook last quarter and a six percentage point decrease when compared to the Outlook reported in the same quarter last year.

In the Manufacturing – Non-Durables industry sector, employers report a Net Employment Outlook of 6% indicating a mild hiring climate for the second quarter of 2013. Employer hiring intentions are identical to the previous quarter, but four percentage points weaker than the Outlook reported during the same time last year.