Two-fifths of Quebec HR professionals expecting increase in hiring: Survey

89 per cent of increases to be equal to or higher than inflation

The third quarter of 2013 looks promising for hiring by Quebec companies, according to a survey by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA).

Two-fifths (39.5 per cent) of the CRHA members surveyed said they anticipated an increase in hiring over the summer quarter, compared to only 12.9 per cent who expect to see the workforce decrease.

"These figures suggest that Quebec organizations will soon be creating many jobs. However, we also have to remember that companies might simply be hiring temporary workers due to the summer vacation period. We'll have to wait for the fourth-quarter data in October to assess the longer-term effect of hirings in this third quarter," said Florent Francoeur, Ordre president and CEO.

Even though school summer breaks have expanded the pool of available labour, three out of 10 respondents think they will have to intensify their efforts to fill vacant positions, found the survey of 324 HR professionals.

And for the fourth quarter in a row, the anticipated gap between pay rises and inflation is clearly positive (31.8 per cent), found CRHA. More specifically, 89.4 per cent of the respondents reported their organization was planning to grant salary increases equal to or higher than inflation.

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