Gloomy hir­ing cli­mate for Char­lot­te­town

Man­power sur­vey shows stag­na­tion in P.E.I., slow growth na­tion­ally

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - BUSINESS -

Char­lot­te­town area em­ploy­ers ex­pect a gloomy hir­ing cli­mate for the third quar­ter of 2017, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est Man­pow­erGroup Em­ploy­ment Out­look Sur­vey.

“Sur­vey data re­veals that seven per cent of em­ploy­ers plan to hire for the up­com­ing quar­ter (July to Septem­ber), while seven per cent an­tic­i­pate cut­backs,” stated Mindy Stoltz of Man­power’s Saint John, N.B. of­fice.

An­other 86 per cent of em­ploy­ers plan to main­tain their cur­rent staffing lev­els in the up­com­ing quar­ter.

“With sea­sonal vari­a­tions re­moved from the data, Char­lot­te­town’s third quar­ter net em­ploy­ment out­look of -13 per cent is a 24 per­cent­age point de­crease when com­pared to the pre­vi­ous quar­terly out­look,” said Stoltz. “It is also a de­crease of 26 per­cent­age points from the out­look re­ported dur­ing the same time last year, in­di­cat­ing a dim hir­ing pace for the up­com­ing months.”

Cana­dian em­ploy­ers ex­pect a mod­est hir­ing cli­mate for job seek­ers in the third quar­ter of 2017, with em­ploy­ers in the public ad­min­is­tra­tion sec­tor re­port­ing the strong­est job prospects, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey.

“Na­tion­ally, the over­all tone for the third quar­ter is one of cau­tious op­ti­mism,” said Dar­lene Mi­na­tel, vice-pres­i­dent, Man­power Canada op­er­a­tions and strate­gic ac­counts. “While the econ­omy is still re­cov­er­ing from the ef­fects of low oil prices, we’re see­ing slow but steady job growth in many ur­ban ar­eas across the coun­try, a pos­i­tive sign for the months ahead.”

The sur­vey of over 1,900 em­ploy­ers across Canada re­veals that 17 per cent plan to in­crease their staffing lev­els in the third quar­ter of 2017, while four per cent an­tic­i­pate cut­backs.

Of the em­ploy­ers sur­veyed, 78 per cent ex­pect their cur­rent staffing lev­els to re­main un­changed and one per cent are un­sure about their hir­ing in­ten­tions for the up­com­ing quar­ter.

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