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Hiring Pace Forecast To Stay Steady in Q2

A new survey by Manpower reveals Canadian employers anticipate continued hiring for the second quarter of 2013

Written by Melissa Campeau

Thanks in large part to expansion in the transportation and public utilities sector, the pace of hiring for the second quarter of 2013 will remain steady, forecasts a new Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The survey of more than 1,900 Canadian employers reveals 20% plan to increase their payrolls in the second quarter of 2013, 75% expect to maintain current staffing levels and just 5% anticipate cutbacks.

With typical seasonal variations removed from the figures, the net employment outlook (the percentage of employers planning to hire minus the percentage planning to cut staff) of 12% for the upcoming quarter is down slightly from the first quarter of the year and down one percentage point from the same period in 2012. However, the report notes, the results for the second quarter represent a continued overall trend of positive hiring patterns seen over the course of the last year.

“Thanks in part to expected job gains from companies such as Walmart and Green Revolution EMS, the national hiring climate should remain upbeat,” said Byrne Luft, vice president of operations for Manpower Canada. “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.”

The most positive news comes from the transportation and public utilities sector, reporting the strongest outlook since the second quarter of 2007. Employers in this sector anticipate a strong hiring climate, reporting a net employment outlook of 22% for the second quarter of 2013, down one percentage point from last quarter and up six percentage points from the same period last year.

Businesses in the construction sector also anticipate steady hiring this quarter, with a 17% outlook, unchanged from last quarter and up three percentage points over the same period last year. The wholesale and retail trade industry sector is positive as well, with a 16% outlook, up 4 percentage points from the previous quarter and up 4 percentage points over the second quarter of 2012.

Sectors with second-quarter employment outlook figures remaining more or less unchanged from last quarter were services at 13%, manufacturing of non-durables at 6% (down 4 percentage points from the same period last year) and mining at 8% (down five percentage points from the same period last year).

Employers in finance, insurance and real estate businesses anticipate an employment outlook of 10% in the second quarter, down considerably from 15% in the last quarter but on par with the figure reported during the same time last year. Similarly, public administration sector employers anticipate a net employment outlook of 6% for the second quarter, down two points from last quarter but in line with the 7% reported during the same period last year.

On a downward trend, manufacturing sector employers report an outlook of just 4%, down from 8% last quarter and 10% in the second quarter of 2012.

Regionally, employers in Western Canada project the most hopeful hiring climate for the coming quarter, reporting a net employment outlook of 15%. Employers in Atlantic Canada expect a respectable hiring pace with an outlook of 12%, and employers in Ontario and Quebec anticipate a moderate climate for job seekers with employers in both provinces reporting outlooks of 9%.

Originally appeared on PROFITguide.com