The good news continues for Canadian job seekers. Companies are reporting strong employment outlooks for the third quarter of 2019, with the most robust hiring expected to be in Atlantic Canada.
For the Employment Outlook Survey, representatives from over 1,900 businesses across the country were asked, “How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in the three months to the end of September 2019 as compared to the current quarter?”
The ManpowerGroup found that 20 per cent of companies plan to increase their staff over the third quarter of 2019. That pushes the net employment outlook nationally up 2 percentage points from Q2 of this year to 12 per cent. Atlantic Canada has a higher outlook of 13 per cent.
Moncton, New Brunswick is among the cities expecting the greatest gains in employment in Canada, along with Belleville, Ontario; Monteregie, Quebec; Regina, Saskatchewan; and Burnaby-Coquitlam, British Columbia.
The flip side of the current availability of jobs is that many employers are finding is increasingly difficult to actually find the people they need to hire. More and more open jobs are remaining unfilled for months at a time.
Says Ted Mallett, the chief economist from the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, “The national vacancy rate has been steadily climbing for the past two years and it reached another record high last quarter. Employers in Quebec, BC and Ontario are having a harder and harder time finding workers, especially in the smallest businesses.”
According to the CFIB, there are roughly 6,600 jobs in New Brunswick that have remained vacant for at least four months.
Darlene Minatel, Country Manager for ManpowerGroup Canada agrees, “Employers in Canada continue to struggle with talent shortages and are increasingly interested in hiring teachable candidates. Talent shortages are also leading many companies to offer more full-time roles.”
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