One-third of employers plan to hire in third quarter: survey

Construction, mining and education lead industries in hiring projections
||Last Updated: 06/27/2007

Canadian employers expect a solid hiring climate for this summer, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The survey of more than 1,700 Canadian employers reveals that 33 per cent plan to increase their payrolls in the next three months while five per cent anticipate cutbacks for a net employment outlook of 28 per cent. Of those polled, 59 per cent expect no changes and three per cent are unsure of their staffing intentions in the upcoming quarter.

“This quarter’s net employment outlook indicates that the active hiring activity seen in the previous quarter will continue,” said Lori Rogers, vice-president of operations for Manpower Canada. “Employers are telling us that over the next three months they will continue to add to their payrolls at a rate similar to the preceding period. In fact, results show one in three employers expect to add new employees in the quarter ahead.”

Not surprisingly, Western Canada leads the hiring charge with a net employment outlook of 36 per cent. Atlantic Canada is also predicting a busy hiring season with a net employment outlook of 33 per cent. Ontario and Quebec are a little slower with net employment outlooks of 23 per cent each.

Of the 10 surveyed industry sectors, construction employers report the most active results for the quarter with a net employment outlook of 31 per cent once seasonal variations are removed. Employers in the mining and education sectors also anticipate an optimistic quarter with respective net employment outlooks of 28 per cent and 24 per cent.

IndustryThird Quarter Net Employment OutlookSecond Quarter Net Employment Outlook
Public Administration21%26%
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate20%18%
Wholesale & Retail Trades20%16%
Transportation & Public Utilities15%22%
Manufacturing – Non-Durable Goods11%11%
Manufacturing – Durable Goods9%7%

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