Employers optimistic about next 3 months: Survey

85 per cent will maintain staffing levels or hire more employees

The vast majority of businesses don't expect any layoffs in the next 90 days, according to a recent survey.

The poll of more than 450 Canadian businesses, conducted by David Aplin Recruiting, found 85 per cent of respondents will either maintain current staffing levels or hire more employees in the next three months.

As well, more than 75 per cent of those surveyed anticipate Canadian employment rates to improve or remain unchanged over the same time.

Of companies expecting to hire in the next 90 days, the majority of hiring is expected to take place in Alberta, Ontario and British Columbia.

"There are signs everywhere that business is starting to return to a more optimistic time,” said Jeff Aplin, executive vice-president of David Aplin Recruiting.

Organizational business plans and market demands are driving the expected job creation. On the other hand, diminishing sales, lack of business, overhead costs and changing trends have made other businesses hold off on hiring plans.

“Sixty-eight per cent of those companies surveyed acknowledged that they were affected by the recent recession,” said Aplin. “Organizations were forced to deviate from their business plans and enter into survival mode in order to survive the last year.”

Methods businesses used to retain employees during downturn:

• reduced hours or shortened workweeks

• time off in lieu of overtime

• wage and hiring freezes

• work-share programs and agreements

• voluntary unpaid leaves

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