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Charlottetown area employers expect a steady hiring climate for the first quarter of 2014, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
“Survey data reveals that 13 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (January to March), while 10 per cent anticipate cutbacks,” says Mindy Stoltz of Manpower’s Saint John office.
Another 73 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, while four per cent of employers are unsure about their hiring intentions.
“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Charlottetown’s first quarter Net Employment Outlook of 12 per cent is an increase of three percentage points when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Stoltz. “It is also a two percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a respectable hiring pace for the upcoming months.”
Byrne Luft, vice president of Operations for Manpower Canada, says overall, a respectable national hiring climate is projected in the coming quarter.
“Employers in the construction industry are again anticipating the strongest payroll gains, however most new jobs in the sector are expected in Western Canada and Ontario,” he said. “Nationally, though job creation continues at a steady pace, many of the gains are expected to occur in lower-paying sectors.”