Q3 hiring prospects less rosy than last year: Manpower survey

21% of respondents expect to add employees in the July-September quarter, down two percentage points from Q3 2012.

TORONTO – The latest Manpower Employment Outlook survey found that Canadian hiring prospects for the third quarter are slightly less positive than a year ago.

The survey is based on interviews with more than 1,900 employers in Canada.

It found that 21% of respondents expected to add employees in the July-September quarter. That’s down two percentage points from 23% in the survey covering the third quarter of 2012.

In both years, most employers expected no change.

However, Manpower’s seasonally adjusted measure declined to 9% – a drop of three percentage points from a year ago and from the previous quarter.

Manufacturers showed the least positive hiring intentions.

The Net Employment Outlook in the manufacturing – durables sector is a modest 5%, a two percentage point drop from the Outlook last quarter and an eight 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 5% indicating a mild hiring climate for the third quarter of 2013. This Outlook is a one percentage point decrease from previous quarter, but is one percentage point stronger than the Outlook reported during the same time last year.