Richmond-Delta area employers expect a hopeful hiring climate for the first quarter of 2020, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.
Survey data reveals that nine per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter, while the remaining 91 per cent plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, said Richard Plumb of Manpower’s Vancouver office.
“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Richmond-Delta’s first quarter Net Employment Outlook of +10% is a 10 percentage point increase when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” said Plumb. “It is also an eight percentage point decrease from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a moderate hiring pace for the upcoming months.”
“At the beginning of 2020, prospects for Canadian job seekers - while still positive - are tightening,” said Darlene Minatel, country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada. “Despite the slight decline in the national employment outlook, unemployment remains low in Canada and wages continue to rise. Clearly, it’s still a job seeker’s market.
“Employers are also grappling with widening skills gaps and are hard pressed to find bilingual talent and those in the skilled trades. Job seekers would be well advised to seek training in these areas, while employers might consider upskilling and bridging programs to close the gap.”