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Fair hiring climate for manufacturers in Q1 of 2014

Manpower survey says hiring intentions overall are stable

December 10, 2013   by PLANT STAFF

TORONTO — Manufacturers are forecasting a fair hiring climate in the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

Both durable and non-durable manufacturers report a net outlook of 6%, a percent drop from the previous quarter.

Construction had the strongest outlook at 16%, but it was down four points from the previous quarter.

The Toronto-based workforce solutions company said the survey of over 1,900 employers across Canada reveals that 13% plan to increase their payrolls, while 8% anticipate cutbacks. Of those surveyed, 78% of employers expect to maintain their current staffing levels and 1% are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter.

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With seasonal variations removed from the data, the net employment outlook of 12% is a two-percentage point increase compared to the previous quarter and is relatively stable compared to the report from the same time last year.

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