London area employers are looking to start the new year with some new staff, according to the latest employment outlook survey.
On Tuesday, ManpowerGroup released its latest survey, showing 10% of employers in the region plan to hire for between January and March 2017, 3% expect cutbacks, 80% of employers plan to maintain staffing levels, and 7% are unsure.
“With seasonal variations removed from the data, London’s first quarter Net Employment Outlook of 12 per cent is a one percentage point increase when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Nikki Sharpley of Manpower’s London office.
“It is also an increase of 10 percentage points from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a positive hiring pace for the upcoming months.”
Across Canada, the hiring climate is forecast to be steady, led by a strong public administration sector and gains in manufacturing. With seasonal variations removed from data, the Net Employment Outlook of 11% is up 2% from the previous quarter and up 4% from the same time last year. The report found that nationally, 12% of employers surveyed plan to increase staffing levels, 6% expect cutbacks, 79% expect to maintain staffing levels, and 3% are unsure.
“While there are still some areas of concern,” begins Manpower Canada Operations and Strategic Accounts Vice President Darlene Minatel.
“Oil prices are recovering from their recent lows, the continued weakness in the Canadian dollar is a boon for exports, and Alberta is beginning to rebound after the damage caused by the Fort McMurray wildfires. Job seekers have reason to be optimistic in the quarter to come.”