Employers anticipate hiring climate for fourth quarter of 2013

Job prospects strongest in construction industry.

Canadian employers expect a mild hiring climate for the fourth quarter of 2013, with employers in the construction sector reporting the strongest job prospects, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, the most extensive employment survey in the world.

With seasonal variations removed from the data, the net employment outlook of 10 per cent is relatively stable in comparison to both the outlook reported in the previous quarter and the outlook reported during the same time last year.

According to the survey, Surrey-area employers expect a steady hiring climate on the horizon.

“Survey data reveals that 13 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (October to December), while zero per cent anticipate cutbacks,” said Jeff Polkinghorne of Manpower’s Vancouver office.

Another 83 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, while four per cent are unsure about their hiring intentions.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Surrey’s fourth quarter net employment outlook of 17 per cent is a slight decrease of three percentage points when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” said Polkinghorne. “It is also a three-percentage-point drop from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a hopeful hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

The survey of more than 1,900 Canadian employers reveals that 16 per cent plan to increase their payrolls in the fourth quarter of 2013, while eight per cent anticipate cutbacks. Of those surveyed, 74 per cent of employers expect to maintain their current staffing levels and two per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter.

“The construction industry is anticipating the strongest gains, as slower growth in residential construction has been offset by strong demand in non-residential,”  said Byrne Luft, vice-president of operations for Manpower Canada.

“This is expected to spur creation of new jobs on top of record high employment in the construction industry, though this is most pronounced in western Canada.”

Full survey results for each of the 42 countries and territories included in this quarter’s survey, plus regional and global comparisons, can be found at http://manpowergroup.com/press/meos_landing.cfm

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