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The top 10 industries hiring in Canada between April and June 2012

Peter Harris|

The results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the second quarter of 2012 have been released, and Canadian employers say they expect a relatively upbeat hiring climate between April and June of this year.

The survey of 1,900 employers in Canada shows that 21% of them across industries are planning to increase their payrolls in the second quarter of this year. Only 5% of employers surveyed said that they were planning to decrease their workforce. This is actually little changed from the employment outlook predicted at this time last year.

“Overall, Canadian employers tell us that they plan to maintain their payrolls during the upcoming spring months which is positive for job seekers. If we look at longer-term hiring trends, compared to last year this time, Outlooks are stable or improved,” said Janis Sugar, Director of Marketing for Manpower Canada.  

The biggest increases in hiring are expected in the Mining trade, with Transportation & Public Utilities, Construction, Services, Retail, and Manufacturing also faring well.  ”Strengthened by an active Outlook in the Mining industry sector where efforts are underway in Alberta to develop the largest oil field outside the Middle East, the Net Employment Outlook for the upcoming quarter indicates a respectable hiring climate for the April to June time frame,” Sugar explains.

The top 10 industries planning to hire in Canada in Q2, 2012:

Mining

21%

Transportation & Public Utilities

16%

Construction

15%

Services

15%

Wholesale & Retail Trade

15%

Manufacturing – Durables

13%

Manufacturing – Non Durables

13%

Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

10%

Education

8%

Public Administration

6%

In a recent Workopolis poll, we asked our users “Would you move to another town or province for a better job opportunity?” Of the roughly 18,000 respondents, 66.39% said “yes, you have to go where the opportunities are.”  

Well, for those planning such a move, the hottest job market continues to be in Western Canada with employment growth fueled by booming natural resources and construction industries. Quebec and Atlantic Canada show 15 and 14 percent of employers surveyed planning to hire between April and June. Ontario trails the rest of the country with just 12 percent expecting growth.

The Manpower report is part of a larger global survey of over 65,000 employers in 41 countries. Canada ranks 5th on their list of countries reporting hiring growth in Q2. India tops the list with 44% of employers surveyed planning to hire, while predictably Greece ranks last with no hiring growth predicted and over 10% of employers surveyed planning to actually reduce staff.

The Top 10 countries planning hiring in Q2, 2012

Country % of employers planning  increased hiring % of YoY change
India

44

-2

Brazil

39

-1

Taiwan

31

-9

China

21

-11

Canada

21

0

Mexico

15

-1

Australia

13

-9

Japan

11

2

United States

10

2

Germany

8

-1

You can read the full Manpower Employment Outlook Survey here.

 

- Peter Harris


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