Recruitment heats up this spring

One-third of Canadian employers hiring next quarter
||Last Updated: 04/10/2006

Canadian recruiters are going to be busy in the lead-up to summer, according to a recent survey by employment services firm Manpower. Of the more than 1,700 Canadian employers that took part in the

Manpower Employment Outlook Survey

for April to June 2006, 34 per cent reported planning to increase payrolls during that period.

While 58 per cent of organizations polled expect no changes in current staffing levels, five per cent anticipate cutbacks.

With seasonal variations removed from the survey data, the net employment outlook of 21 per cent is a four per cent increase from the previous quarter. These results show every indication that hiring will continue to be solid for the second quarter of 2006.

“This quarter’s net employment outlook indicates that the solid hiring activity seen in the first quarter should expand slightly,” said Lori Procher, vice-president and general manager for Manpower Canada. “Employers are telling us that over the next three months they will continue to add to their payrolls at an even higher rate.”

Four regions lead the way in terms of predicted hiring for next quarter. Western Canada leads the country with 48 per cent of respondents planning to hire, while Atlantic Canada employers are second with 31 per cent. Next is Ontario with 24 per cent of employers planning to hire and finally Quebec with 18 per cent.

Mining employers report the most brisk results out of 10 surveyed sectors with a net employment outlook of 31 per cent, once seasonal variations are removed. Employers in the public administration sector anticipate a healthy quarter with 29 per cent of respondents planning to hire. Both the finance, insurance and real estate, and the wholesale and retail trade sectors expect a solid hiring climate with 26 per cent of respondents planning to hire.

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