Next quarter shows highest hiring prospects in 12 years, Roula Salourou

Next quarter shows highest hiring prospects in 12 years, Roula Salourou

Next quarter shows highest hiring prospects in 12 years, Roula Salourou

According to a new report, employers in the Hamilton region are expecting a cautiously optimistic attitude at the beginning of the new year.

Employers in Germany are anticipating the weakest hiring levels in three years in the first quarter of 2020, while employers in France expect the strongest levels in 12 years, according to ManpowerGroup's employment outlook survey published on Tuesday.

This, paired with a hefty 86 per cent of employers looking to freeze employment by maintaining current staffing levels into the new year, means there won't be many open doors for job hunters in the province.

"It is also a 17 percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time previous year, indicating a reserved hiring pace for the upcoming months".

"Survey data reveals that 7% of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter, while 2% anticipate cutbacks", said Scott Wiebe of Manpower's Winnipeg office in a press release.

As Calgarians struggle to find work with a citywide unemployment rate of 6.9 per cent in November, the ManpowerGroup predicts employers will hit pause on hiring in the first few months of the new year - prolonging the struggle.

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Eighty-one percent assume that the current workforce will not change, while the remaining one percent are not sure of their recruitment intentions.

Germany recorded an outlook of a 4% rise, which represents a five percentage-point decrease year-on-year and the third consecutive quarter of lower growth, the survey said.

The report says employers in nine of the 10 industry sectors in all four regions of the country expect to add to payrolls next quarter.

Outside of Alberta, Darlene Minatel - country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada - said the prospects for Canadian job seekers are tightening, though they remain positive.

In Edmonton especially, it's an employer's market, and while elsewhere in the country it's a job seeker's market, numerous same skills are in demand, from bilingual talent to the training of those in the skilled trades.

"Jobseekers would be well advised to continue training in these areas, while employers may be considering continuing education and bridging programs to fill that gap".

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