At least 29 per cent of St. John’s-area employers plan to hire during the summer months, the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey suggests.
Karen Myers, of Manpower’s St. John’s office, said 10 per cent of employers anticipate cutbacks, while another 58 per cent plan to maintain current staffing levels. Three per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter.
“With seasonal variations removed from the data, St. John’s third quarter Net Employment Outlook of 11 per cent is a significant decrease of 15 percentage points when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” Myers said in a news release.
“It is also a 17 percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a hopeful hiring pace for the upcoming months.”
Byrne Luft, vice president of Operations for Manpower Canada, said overall, there is a moderate national hiring climate projected in the coming quarter.
“While most industries are expected to see little change over the previous quarter, employers in the transportation and public utilities and construction sectors anticipate the strongest gains, especially in western Canada. This is due in part to continued government infrastructure spending, in accordance with Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013.”
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers’ intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce during the next quarter.