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Upbeat hiring climate in Q2: Manpower

Canadian manufacturers are reporting a slightly diminished, yet respectable hiring climate during the second quarter of the year, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.


March 14, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

TORONTO: Canadian manufacturers are reporting a slightly diminished, yet respectable hiring climate during the second quarter of the year, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The Manpower Group, a global human resources company with offices in Toronto, polled 1,900 employers to determine whether they plan to add personnel or decrease employment levels, with a positive balance indicating the level of enthusiasm for hiring.

The overall reading for the second quarter is 13%, which Manpower says is down slightly from the previous quarter’s 15%.

Manufacturers of durable goods are anticipating a “hopeful” hiring climate with a 13% net outlook, although that’s down from the previous quarter’s 18%, but an improvement over the 12% recorded for the same period last year.

Non-durables employers report an outlook of 10% indicating a “respectable hiring climate” for the second quarter. This represents a decrease from the previous quarter’s 13%.

The survey also reveals 21% of employers plan to increase their payrolls in the second quarter, while 5% anticipate cutbacks. Seventy-two per cent expect to maintain their current staffing levels while 2% are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter.

Manpower says this quarter’s outlook has been strengthened by oil sands mining in Alberta. Overall, the sector is showing a 21% net outlook, 5% more than the previous quarter but down 4% from the same period last year.

Regionally, employers in Western Canada anticipate the most upbeat hiring climate for the upcoming quarter, reporting an outlook of 17%; Quebec weighs in at 15%; Atlantic Canada 14%; and Ontario 12%.

Click here for survey results.