Employers relatively optimistic about hiring intentions in third quarter:survey

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TORONTO — A new survey of Canadian employers suggests businesses expect the hiring climate this summer to be relatively positive but the weakest in more than two years.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey finds that 23 per cent of employers surveyed plan to increase their payrolls during the July-September quarter, while five per cent anticipate cutbacks.

About 70 per cent expected to maintain their current staffing levels, while two per cent say they are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter.

Manpower says the results from the survey of more than 1,900 employers suggest one of the most subdued employer forecasts in more than two years.

Still, it says job seekers in all regions should benefit from the steady hiring climate. Employers in Western Canada reported the most favourable outlook.

“Although some outlooks have decreased slightly compared to the previous quarter, job seekers should maintain confidence in the labour market as employers throughout Canada anticipate the hiring pace will remain upbeat through the summer,” said Byrne Luft, vice-president of operations for staffing services at Manpower Canada.

By sector, employers in mining had the most favourable outlook, followed by those in transportation and public utilities and finance, insurance and real estate.

Employers in manufacturing and education were least upbeat for the coming quarter.

Geographic location: TORONTO, Western Canada

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  • George
    June 12, 2012 - 16:05

    Couldn't agree more Fred. After years of being away and coming back to try to make a go of things here at home since we are a 'have province' and our economy is 'booming' . No such luck here, I'm one of the many more you mentioned. Its back to Alberta for this guy.

  • fred
    June 12, 2012 - 10:44

    Employers are still quick picky about hiring .... still looking for the 90 percent fit. Not sure there is any point interviewing people unless a maximum 80 percent fit is acceptable. Locally, St. john's market, has high expectations with lower salaries compared to elsewhere. And, locally, a lot of employers are also looking for a higher than realistic fit as well. Still, locally, it's better than it has been in the past. Being someone that has been away St. john's for quite some time, it seems like companies are reluctant to hire, preferring someone that has been in St. johns for much longer. That's proving to be a real concern for the local economy trying to grow. The need to bring back people from other provinces to fill positions, because local supply is exhausted, is very necessary. However, I know several people in my field and others, that on returning to St. johns ended up leaving again due to employers concern about people not being quite rooted here. Personally I know 7 people that ended up leaving again for that reason. I'm sure there are many more. I think local employers need to more fully accept people are much more mobile now, and forget the notion of hiring people with the expectations that will still be there 5 years from now. --- I guess it takes a while for that change to happen.