Kitchener/Cambridge area employers expect a solid hiring climate for the second quarter of 2019, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.
“Survey data reveals that 27 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter, while two per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Tracy Rocca of Manpower’s Kitchener office. “Another 68 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter. The remaining three per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions."
“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Kitchener/Cambridge’s second quarter Net Employment Outlook of 21 per cent is a seven percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Rocca. “It is also a seven percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a healthy hiring pace for the upcoming months.”
“Canadian job growth has picked up in the first quarter of 2019, and this appears to be reflected in the forecast for the second quarter of 2019. 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,” said Darlene Minatel, Country Manager for ManpowerGroup Canada. “Ontario and Quebec continue to experience a hiring surge, but many employers are still struggling to find the right candidates for open jobs.”