Moderate hiring climate expected locally for second quarter of 2019

Delta-Richmond area employers expect a moderate hiring climate for the second quarter of 2019, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

“Survey data reveals that 13 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter,” said Richard Plumb of Manpower’s Vancouver office in a media release. “Another 80 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter. The remaining seven per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions."   

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Plumb said with seasonal variations removed from the data, Delta-Richmond’s second quarter net employment outlook of 11 per cent is a seven percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook.

It is also a 17 percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a cautious hiring pace for the upcoming months, he added.

“Canadian job growth has picked up in the second quarter of 2019, and this appears to be reflected in the forecast for the second quarter of 2019,” added Darlene Minatel, Country Manager for ManpowerGroup Canada. “With the private sector ramping up hiring efforts, 66,800 new jobs were created January, and this trend can be expected to continue in the second quarter of the year. Ontario and Quebec continue to experience a hiring surge, but many employers are still struggling to find the right candidates for open jobs.”

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