Subscribe
PLANT

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.


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.