Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Predicts a Positive Hiring Climate in Canada for the Fourth Quarter of 2007



    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Canadian employers expect a favorable hiring
climate for the October to December period of 2007 according to the latest
results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, the most extensive,
forward-looking employment survey in the world.
    The survey of more than 1,700 Canadian employers reveals that 25 per cent
plan to increase their payrolls in the next three months while nine per cent
anticipate cutbacks for a Net Employment Outlook of 16 per cent. Of those
polled, 64 per cent expect no changes and two per cent are unsure of their
staffing intentions in the upcoming quarter.
    With seasonal variations removed from the survey data, the Net Employment
Outlook of 19 per cent is a one percentage point improvement from the previous
quarter, indicating hiring intentions should continue to be upbeat for the
final quarter of 2007.
    "This quarter's Net Employment Outlook indicates that the steady hiring
activity seen in the previous quarter will continue," said Lori Rogers, VP of
Operations for Manpower Canada. "This is good news for job seekers. Employers
are telling us that over the next three months they will continue adding to
their payrolls at a slightly better rate than the previous quarter.
    "The positive hiring outlooks in Western and Atlantic Canada are ahead of
the national forecast," Rogers adds. "Employers in Western Canada report a
robust hiring climate with a Net Employment Outlook of 31 per cent. Atlantic
Canada employers project an optimistic three-month period with a Net
Employment Outlook of 20 per cent. Employers in Ontario anticipate a favorable
quarter with a Net Employment Outlook of 13 per cent, while Quebec employers
report weaker hiring intentions, but are still moderate, with a reported Net
Employment Outlook of three per cent."
    Strengthened by vigorous projections in the Western region, Canadian
employers in the Mining and Construction sectors anticipate a prosperous
quarter with Net Employment Outlooks of 40 per cent and 32 per cent,
respectively. Employers in the Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate sector
project another strong quarter with a national Net Employment Outlook of
25 per cent.

    Construction

    Employers in the Construction sector expect a bright hiring climate with
a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 32 per cent. Hiring
projections remained unchanged from the previous quarter and decreased by
three percentage points compared to this time last year.

    Education

    Education sector employers predict a respectable quarter with a
seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 12 per cent. Results for the
sector decreased from the previous quarter, when the Net Employment Outlook
was 23 per cent, and are lower than last year at this time.

    Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

    Employers in the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate sector project a solid
hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
25 per cent. This Net Employment Outlook is a five percentage point increase
from the previous quarter and is two percentage points higher than last year
at this time when the Net Employment Outlook was 23 per cent.

    Manufacturing - Durable Goods

    Employers in the Manufacturing - Durable Goods sector project a steady
hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
11 per cent. This Net Employment Outlook is a two percentage point increase
from the previous quarter and slight increase from this time last year when
the Net Employment Outlook was 10 per cent.

    Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods

    Employers in the Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods sector predict a
modest hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
eight per cent. Hiring expectations decreased from the previous quarter, when
the Net Employment Outlook was 11 per cent, and are lower than last year at
this time.

    Mining

    Employers in the Mining sector anticipate a brisk fourth quarter with a
Net Employment Outlook of 40 per cent after seasonal variations are removed.
Results for the sector increased from the previous quarter, when the Net
Employment Outlook was 30 per cent, and improved from last year at this time
when the Net Employment Outlook was 23 per cent.

    Public Administration

    Public Administration sector employers predict an active hiring climate
with a Net Employment Outlook of 22 per cent. Hiring expectations remained the
same from the previous quarter and decreased by five percentage points
compared to this same time last year.

    Services

    Employers in the Services sector expect an active hiring climate for the
upcoming quarter with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
23 per cent. This is an increase of five percentage points from the previous
quarter, when the Net Employment Outlook was 18 per cent, and is consistent
with last year's projection.

    Transportation & Public Utilities

    Employers in the Transportation & Public Utilities sector predict an
upbeat quarter with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
15 per cent. Hiring expectations remained consistent from the previous quarter
and decreased from the same time last year when the Net Employment Outlook was
22 per cent.

    Wholesale & Retail Trades

    Employers in the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector project an optimistic
staffing picture for the fourth quarter of 2007 with a Net Employment Outlook
of 24 per cent. Results for the sector increased from last quarter by
three percentage points and improved by two percentage points compared to this
time last year when the Net Employment Outlook was 22 per cent.

    Notes to Editors

    About the Survey

    The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure
employers' intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their
workforce during the next quarter. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is
the most extensive, forward-looking survey in the world, asking employers to
forecast employment over the next quarter. The survey has been running for
more than 40 years and is one of the most trusted surveys of employment
activity in the world. The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey in Canada is
based on interviews with more than 1,700 public and private employers in 43
markets across the country and is considered a highly respected economic
indicator. The margin of error for the Canadian survey is +/- 2.4 per cent.

    About Manpower Canada

    With over 50 offices strategically located across the country, Manpower
Canada's staffing services include administrative, industrial, skilled trades
and contact centre personnel as well as the assignment of contract
professionals in information technology, scientific, finance, engineering,
telecommunications and other professional areas under the Manpower
Professional brand. More information can be found on Manpower Canada's Web
sites: manpower.ca and manpowerprofessional.ca.





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