Employment Outlook Survey: Canadian employers reveal hiring intentions for remainder of 2018

A new survey of the hiring intentions of Canadian employers across the country reveals which regions and industries are expecting to see growth in the rest of 2018. Moncton comes in near the top of this list for robust hiring.

The Manpower Group has just released its Employment Outlook report for the fourth quarter of 2018. More Canadian employers say that they are planning to increase staff over the coming months. The employment outlook is one per cent higher for Q4 than it was for the previous quarter of this year. It is up by four per cent over Q4 of last year.

From this national survey of 1,900 employers, 16 per cent say that they plan to hire increased staff. The majority, 77 per cent indicate that they plan to maintain their current workforce, and 1 per cent is uncertain of their plans. The remaining 6 per cent of employers said that they plan to cut staff in the coming months.

Reflecting on recent national employment reports from Statistics Canada, Manpower’s Darlene Minatel commented, “With the unemployment rate hovering near 40-year lows, competition for talent is heating up across the country. Skilled trades and bilingual candidates are especially in demand, causing upward pressure on wages and an increase in permanent full-time hiring as the need to improve retention becomes more urgent.”

Here’s a look at the hiring outlook by sector and region.

Industries predicting increased hiring:

        Manufacturing [

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        Transportation [

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        Utilities [

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        Public Administration [

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Fields expecting slowest hiring:

      • Mining

    Wholesale and retail

    Regions expecting robust hiring:

          Moncton, NB [

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          Monteregie, QC [

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          Laval, QC [

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          Kitchener/Cambridge, ON [

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          Brampton, ON [

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          Surrey, BC [

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    Regions predicting slow hiring:

      • St. John’s NFLD
      • Charlottetown, PEI
      • Eastern Townships, QC
      • Windsor, ON
        • Fort Erie, ON

      Calgary, AB

      You can view the infographic with highlights from Employment Outlook Survey here (opens as a PDF), or read the full report from Manpower, including the local employment outlook for cities and towns across the country.

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