Sluggish hiring climate predicted for St. John's

Published on March 14, 2017

St. John’s area employers expect a sluggish hiring climate for the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

“Survey data reveals that zero per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (April to June), while three per cent anticipate cutbacks,” Mindy Stoltz of Manpower’s St. John’s office., said in a news release.

Another 93 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, while the remaining four per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions.

 “With seasonal variations removed from the data, St. John’s second quarter Net Employment Outlook of minus six per cent is a 10 percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” Stoltz said. “It is also a decrease of 10 percentage points from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a weak hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

 “Nationally, the second quarter of 2017 is expected to see modest gains for Canadian job seekers,” said Darlene Minatel, vce president, Manpower Canada operations and strategic accounts. “Many companies, especially in the manufacturing sector, are taking a cautious approach until they see what effect political changes in the United States will have on the Canadian economy.”