Job prospects are set to tighten early in 2020

by Steve Randall10 Dec 2019

The prospect of finding a job in Canada will remain positive in the early part of 2020 but the market is set to tighten.

A new survey from ManpowerGroup Canada shows that the outlook for the first three months of 2020 is set for a conservative pace of hiring from most firms.

Those looking for work in manufacturing of durables and in Quebec should have the greatest options but employers in 9 of the 10 industry sectors across all four regions of Canada are expecting to add payroll jobs.

With seasonal variations removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook of +10% is a two percentage point decrease when compared to both the previous quarterly but in line with a year earlier.

"At the beginning of 2020, prospects for Canadian job seekers, while still positive, are tightening," said Darlene Minatel, Country Manager of ManpowerGroup Canada. "Despite the slight decline in the national employment outlook, unemployment remains low in Canada and wages continue to rise. Clearly, it's still a job seeker's market. Employers are also grappling with widening skills gaps and are hard pressed to find bilingual talent and those in the skilled trades. Job seekers would be well advised to seek training in these areas, while employers might consider upskilling and bridging programs to close the gap."

The survey of over 1,900 employers across Canada reveals that 12% of employers plan to increase their staffing levels in the first quarter of 2020, while 6% anticipate cutbacks. Meanwhile, 81% of the employers surveyed expect their current staffing levels to remain unchanged, while the remaining 1% are unsure of their hiring intentions.

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