Subdued hiring climate for Red Deer in second quarter of 2019

By rdnewsNOW staff
March 12, 2019 - 6:22am Updated: March 12, 2019 - 9:27am

RED DEER- Employers in the Red Deer area expect a subdued hiring climate for the second quarter of 2019, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

Survey data reveals that 13 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter, while 13 per cent anticipate cutbacks.

Another 73 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter.

The remaining one per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Red Deer’s second quarter Net Employment Outlook of five per cent is a 10 percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” states Randy Upright, CEO of Manpower’s Alberta Region. “It is also a five percentage point decrease from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a flat hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

Nationally, modest gains in employment are anticipated by Canadian employers over the next three months, with a moderate hiring climate for job seekers in the second quarter of 2019. Employers in the Transportation & Public Utilities sector report the strongest job prospects according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, the most extensive, forward-looking employment survey in the world.

“Canadian job growth has picked up in the first quarter of 2019, and this appears to be reflected in the forecast for the second quarter of 2019. With the private sector ramping up hiring efforts, 66,800 new jobs were created January, and this trend can be expected to continue in the second quarter of the year,” said Darlene Minatel, Country Manager for ManpowerGroup Canada. “Ontario and Quebec continue to experience a hiring surge, but many employers are still struggling to find the right candidates for open jobs.”

(Gary McKinnon, with file from ManpowerGroup media release)

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