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Survey reveals the hiring intentions of Canadian employers for the spring of 2013

Peter Harris|

Canadian employers say that hiring in this country will remain steady for the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The quarterly employment outlook survey reveals that 20% of employers plan to increase their staff payrolls in the second quarter, 75% intend to maintain their current workforce, and only 5% are foreseeing cuts.

Over 1,900 Canadian employers from across the country were questioned for this survey. Regionally, candidates in Western and Atlantic Canada are likely to the most upbeat hiring climate from April through June, while Ontario and Quebec still expect some more modest gains.

“The national hiring climate should remain upbeat,” said Byrne Luft, Vice President of Operations for Manpower Canada. “Employers in the Transportation & 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.”

This positive news on the hiring front aligns with other recent reports. According to the latest Stats Can Labour Force Survey, the Canadian economy added over 50,000 new jobs in February of this year.

Employers in the transportation and public utilities sectors are planning the most robust hiring. Increased opportunities are also foreseen in the construction and retail trades, particularly in Western Canada.

Education, manufacturing and public administration all show the least gains of sectors covered by the Manpower survey. You can read the full report here.

The Manpower survey includes an interesting graph of hiring intentions going back to 1989. You can clearly see the major declines that the job market suffered in the early 1990s and then again at the start of the recession in 2009. 

Source:Manpower Employment Outlook Survey

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