Survey shows 13 per cent of employers plan to hire but 20 per cent anticipate cutbacks
Charlottetown area job seekers should expect a limited hiring climate for the first quarter of 2016, 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 20 per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Mindy Stoltz of Manpower’s Saint John office. Another 63 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, while the remaining four percent are unsure of their hiring intentions..
“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Charlottetown’s first quarter Net Employment Outlook of one per cent is a decrease of 12 percentage points when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” said Stoltz. “It is also a significant 27 percentage point decrease from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a slow hiring pace for the upcoming months.”
Across Canada, employers anticipate a moderate hiring climate for job seekers in the first quarter of 2016. Employers in the transportationand public utilities sector report the strongest job prospects.
“We are seeing some positive signs for Canadian job seekers, with overall employment in the country surpassing 18 million for the first time,” said Michelle Dunnill, Manpower area manager for Toronto, Mississauga and Markham. “Employment in natural resources continues its downward trend, particularly in Alberta. However, we expect modest gains overall in the coming quarter, led by stronger growth in the transportation, construction and manufacturing-durables sectors.”