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Labour Market

Active Hiring Climate Expected For Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge

Kitchener - Employers in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge area expect an active hiring climate for the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

“Survey data reveals that 20 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (January to March), while two per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Nikki Sharpley of Manpower’s Kitchener office. Another 75 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter, while the remaining three per cent are unsure about their hiring intentions.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge’s first quarter Net Employment Outlook of 24 per cent is an increase of two percentage points when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Sharpley. “It is also a two percentage point increase from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a healthy hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

“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.”

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