Report: Canadian employers are cautiously optimistic about hiring

by Steve Randall10 Mar 2020

The Canadian jobs market should continue to grow in the months ahead, according to a new survey.

The ManpowerGroup asked employers in all 10 major sectors and the four main Canadian regions about their hiring intentions for the second quarter of 2020.

Public sector jobs and overall employment in Quebec showed the strongest outlook.

Construction (+12%), Manufacturing-Durables (+12%), Mining (+12%), and Transportation and Public Utilities (+12%) sectors all posted strong intentions.

Fourteen percent of employers plan to increase their staffing levels in the second quarter of 2020, 3% anticipate cutbacks, and 82% expect their current staffing levels to remain unchanged.  The remaining 1% are unsure of their hiring intentions.

"Though we can expect rigorous hiring activity in many regions, most Canadian employers are keeping their plans modest, partly due to persistent skills shortages," said Darlene Minatel, country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada. "The lack of available talent, especially in manufacturing, construction, and the skilled trades, is leading employers to invest more heavily in their current workforce, bridging staff into open roles and redesigning the employee experience to improve retention."

However, the survey was conducted between January 6 and 28, before the global escalation of the coronavirus outbreak.

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