Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Predicts a Steady Hiring Climate in Canada for the Second Quarter of 2007



    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Canadian employers expect a steady hiring
climate for the April to June 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 30 per cent
plan to increase their payrolls in the next three months while five per cent
anticipate cutbacks for a Net Employment Outlook of 25 per cent. Of those
polled, 63 per cent expect no changes and two per cent are unsure of their
staffing intentions.
    "Employers are telling us that over the next three months they will
continue to add to their payrolls at a steady rate," said Lori Rogers, VP of
Operations for Manpower Canada. "The Q2 seasonally adjusted data is a good
indication that the Canadian job market will remain favorable."
    "Western Canada employers are again reporting the most robust Net
Employment Outlook at 39 per cent," Rogers adds. "They are followed by those
in Atlantic Canada with a Net Employment Outlook of 30 per cent and Ontario
with a Net Employment Outlook of 23 per cent. Quebec is expecting a steady
three months with a Net Employment Outlook of 12 per cent."
    Of the 10 surveyed sectors, employers in the Mining sector report the
most brisk results with a Net Employment Outlook of 34 per cent. Employers in
the Construction and Public Administration sectors anticipate a strong
three-month period with respective Net Employment Outlooks of 28 per cent and
26 per cent once seasonal variations are removed.

    Construction

    Employers in the Construction sector expect a healthy hiring climate with
a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 28 per cent. This is an
increase from the previous quarter, when the Net Employment Outlook was 14 per
cent, and is also an increase of 10 per cent compared to this time last year.

    Education

    Education sector employers predict a steady quarter with a seasonally
adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 12 per cent. This Net Employment Outlook is
a five per cent decrease from the previous quarter and a decrease of 11 per
cent compared to this same time last year.

    Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

    Employers in the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate sector project a
positive hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
18 per cent. This Net Employment Outlook is a three per cent decrease from the
previous quarter and a decrease of eight per cent compared to this same time
last year.

    Manufacturing - Durable Goods

    A moderate three-month period is anticipated by employers in the
Manufacturing - Durable Goods sector, where a Net Employment Outlook of seven
per cent is reported, once seasonal variations are removed. This Net
Employment Outlook is a two per cent decrease from the previous quarter, and
is a decrease from this same time last year when the Net Employment Outlook
was 12 per cent.

    Manufacturing - Non-durable Goods

    Manufacturing - Non-durable Goods sector employers project a steady
hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 10 per
cent. Hiring expectations increased by two per cent from the previous quarter
and equals the same Net Employment Outlook of last year at this time.

    Mining

    Employers in the Mining sector anticipate a brisk second quarter with a
Net Employment Outlook of 34 per cent after seasonal variations are removed.
Hiring plans in Mining fell by two per cent from the previous quarter, but
this is an increase compared to this same time last year when the Net
Employment Outlook was 31 per cent.

    Public Administration

    Public Administration sector employers predict an active hiring climate
with a Net Employment Outlook of 26 per cent. Hiring expectations remained
consistent from the previous quarter and decreased by two per cent compared to
this same time last year.

    Services

    Employers in the Services sector expect a strong hiring climate for the
upcoming quarter with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 21 per
cent. This is a decrease of five per cent from the previous quarter when the
Net Employment Outlook was 26 per cent and a decrease of two per cent from
this same time last year.

    Transportation & Public Utilities

    Employers in the Transportation & Public Utilities sector predict a
healthy outlook with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 22 per
cent. Hiring expectations increased by five per cent from the previous quarter
and an increase of one per cent from last year at this time.

    Wholesale & Retail Trades

    Employers in the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector project an upbeat
staffing picture for the second quarter of 2007 with a Net Employment Outlook
of 15 per cent. Results for the sector decreased from last quarter by three
per cent and also decreased 12 per cent compared to this time last year.

    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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For further information: John Settino, The iPR Group, (416) 901-5963,
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