Steady hiring climate expected for second quarter: Survey

Job prospects strongest in transportation, public utilities
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 03/12/2013

Canadian employers expect the hiring climate to remain steady for the second quarter of 2013, with employers in the transportation and public utilities sector reporting the strongest job prospects, according to a Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

With seasonal variations removed from the data, the survey found there was a net employment outlook of 12 per cent, a slight decrease compared to the outlook reported in the previous quarter and a one percentage point drop from that reported during the same time last year.

However, results for the second quarter represent a continued trend of respectable hiring patterns seen over the course of the last year, said Manpower.

One-fifth (20 per cent) of employers plan to increase their payrolls in the second quarter of 2013, while five per cent anticipate cutbacks and 75 per cent expect to maintain their current staffing levels.

Employers in Western Canada project the most hopeful hiring climate for the coming quarter, reporting a net employment outlook of 15 per cent, found the survey of more than 1,900 employers.

Employers in Atlantic Canada expect a respectable hiring pace with an outlook of 12 per cent, while employers in Ontario and Quebec anticipate a moderate climate for jobseekers with employers in both provinces reporting outlooks of nine per cent.

"Thanks in part to expected job gains from companies such as Walmart and Green Revolution EMS, the national hiring climate should remain upbeat," said Byrne Luft, vice-president of operations at Manpower Canada.

"Employers in the transportation and public utilities and construction sectors anticipate the strongest gains in the upcoming quarter, especially in Western Canada. Additionally, we're seeing that most of the new jobs created in Canada so far this year have been full-time positions. This continuing trend toward full-time employment is an encouraging sign."

Net employment outlook

Sector

Second quarter of 2013

First quarter 2013

Second quarter 2012

Transportation, public utilities

22%

21%

16%

Construction

17%

17%

14%

Wholesale, retail trade

16%

12%

13%

Services

13%

14%

14%

Finance, insurance, real estate

10%

15%

10%

Manufacturing – durables

8%

12%

14%

Mining

8%

8%

21%

Public administration

6%

8%

7%

Manufacturing – non-durables

6%

6%

10%

Education

4%

12%

8%

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