Here at CareerBeacon, we remain fairly optimistic about the job market for the remainder 2021. Despite two negative Labour Force Survey reports from Statistics Canada in a row, many of the drags on the economy lately have been related to COVID-19. With more of the country opening up and restrictions easing, even those sectors that were the hardest hit by the pandemic have begun hiring again.

According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for Q3 of 2021, we can expect to see gains in employment across the country between now and the end of September. A representative sample of 1,518 employers was interviewed across Canada for this research. All survey participants were asked, “How do you anticipate total employment at your location to change in the three months to the end of September 2021 as compared to the current quarter?”

Seventeen percent of participants replied that they plan to increase their staffing levels in the third quarter of 2021. Seventy-five percent say that they plan to maintain their current staff levels, while just four percent say that they anticipate cutting jobs.

This is the most positive outlook reported by the staffing firm in well over a year and is an 18 percentage point increase over this time last year when COVID-19 first took its toll on hiring plans.

Here in Atlantic Canada, employers expect hiring prospects to improve by seven percent over last quarter and 14 percent higher than at this time last year.

Sectors predicting the most hiring in this region

These are the industries where employers in Atlantic Canada surveyed said that they had the greatest hiring intentions.

Manufacturing (non-durables) – See jobs in manufacturing

Construction – View construction jobs on CareerBeacon

Services – See available service jobs

Retail – Retail positions hiring now on CareerBeacon

Finance, real estate, and insurance – Finance industry jobs on CareerBeacon

Slower growth is expected in areas such as Education, Public Administration, Mining, and Manufacturing (durables).

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You can read more detail on the hiring intentions of Canadian employers in the full Manpower Employment Outlook Report for Q3 2021.