New survey reveals Canadian employers’ hiring plans for the outset of 2019

A new survey of Canadian employers gives us an early look at the hiring climate for the kick off of next year. Here’s where the job opportunities are expected to be in the first quarter of 2019.

To create the Employment Outlook Survey, the ManpowerGroup spoke with over 1,900 employers across Canada. They found that 14 per cent plan to increase their staffing levels in the first few months of 2019, while six per cent anticipate cutbacks. Of the employers surveyed, 79 per cent expect their current staffing levels to remain unchanged, while the remaining one per cent haven’t made their hiring decisions yet.

“Employers are having difficulty finding qualified candidates to fill open jobs, which, in turn, is driving up wages, but companies are also trying to do more with less to stay competitive,” said Darlene Minatel, Country Manager for ManpowerGroup Canada.

While the survey found that job gains are expected across the country, Quebec should see the most hiring. Seventeen per cent of employers surveyed in that province are planning to add staff. Ten per cent of employers in Atlantic Canada plan to hire in early 2019.

Regional outlooks

    • Atlantic Canada 10%


    • Quebec 17%


    • Ontario 12%
      Western Canada 11%

Cities with the strongest jobs outlook

Halifax, NS

Jobs in Halifax

Monteregie, QC

View jobs in the Monteregie

Kitchener/Cambridge, ON

Opportunities in Kitchener/Cambridge

Hamilton, ON

Jobs in Hamilton

Victoria, BC

Job openings in Victoria

Employers in the Transportation & Public Utilities sector report the strongest job prospects, with companies in Manufacturing and Construction also planning some of the greatest increases in staff.

See transportation jobs on CareerBeacon
Job openings in manufacturing
View construction job postings

It looks like 2019 is going to be a good time to land a new job in the creative sector such as marketing and advertising as well. A separate study released yesterday by the Creative Group found that 61 per cent of advertising and marketing hiring decision makers in Canada plan to expand their teams in the first half of 2019.

Web and mobile development and web production are the top areas for recruiting. Advertising and marketing hiring managers also reported a strong need for professionals with expertise in creative development, user experience, and social media.

See marketing and advertising jobs available now on CareerBeacon.

Read the full Employment Outlook Survey for Q1 of 2019 from the ManpowerGroup.

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