Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Predicts a Strong Hiring Climate in Canada for the Third Quarter of 2007



    TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - Canadian employers expect a solid hiring climate
for the July to September 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 33 per cent
plan to increase their payrolls in the next three months while five per cent
anticipate cutbacks for a Net Employment Outlook of 28 per cent. Of those
polled, 59 per cent expect no changes and three per cent are unsure of their
staffing intentions in the upcoming quarter.
    "This quarter's Net Employment Outlook indicates that the active hiring
activity seen in the previous quarter will continue," said Lori Rogers, VP of
Operations for Manpower Canada. "Employers are telling us that over the next
three months they will continue to add to their payrolls at a rate similar to
the preceding period. In fact, results show one in three employers expect to
add new employees in the quarter ahead."
    "The positive hiring outlooks in Western and Atlantic Canada are being
bolstered by the strong hiring expectations reported by Construction
employers," Rogers adds. "Employers in Western Canada report a bright hiring
climate with a Net Employment Outlook of 36 per cent, as do Atlantic Canada
employers at 33 per cent. Ontario and Quebec employers expect healthy hiring
climates as well, with both regions projecting a strong Net Employment
Outlooks of 23 per cent."
    Of the 10 surveyed industry sectors, Construction employers report the
most active results for the quarter with a Net Employment Outlook of 31 per
cent once seasonal variations are removed. Employers in the Mining and
Education sectors also anticipate an optimistic quarter with respective Net
Employment Outlooks of 28 per cent and 24 per cent.

    Construction

    Employers in the Construction sector expect a bright hiring climate with
a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 31 per cent. This is an
increase from the previous quarter, when the Net Employment Outlook was 29 per
cent, and is also a strong increase of 14 percentage points compared to this
time last year.

    Education

    Education sector employers predict a solid quarter with a seasonally
adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 24 per cent. Hiring expectations improved
by 11 percentage points from the previous quarter and increased by four
percentage points compared to this same time last year.

    Finance, Insurance & Real Estate

    Employers in the Finance, Insurance & Real Estate sector project an
active hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 20 
per cent. This Net Employment Outlook is a two percentage point increase from
the previous quarter and a decrease of two percentage points compared to this
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 nine 
per cent is reported, once seasonal variations are removed. This Net
Employment Outlook is a two percentage point increase from the previous
quarter and is a decrease from this time last year when the Net Employment
Outlook was 13 per cent.

    Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods

    Employers in the Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods sector predict a
steady hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 11 
per cent. Hiring expectations remain unchanged from the previous quarter and
increased by one percentage point compared to this time last year.

    Mining

    Employers in the Mining sector anticipate a solid quarter with a Net
Employment Outlook of 28 per cent after seasonal variations are removed.
Hiring plans in the Mining sector fell by five percentage points from the
previous quarter and remained consistent with the Net Employment Outlook of
last year at this time.

    Public Administration

    Public Administration sector employers predict an active hiring climate
with a Net Employment Outlook of 21 per cent. Hiring expectations decreased by
five percentage points from the previous quarter and decreased by two 
percentage points compared to this same time last year.

    Services

    Employers in the Services sector expect a steady hiring climate for the
upcoming quarter with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 17 per
cent. This is a decrease of three percentage points from the previous quarter
when the Net Employment Outlook was 20 per cent and a decrease of eight
percentage points from this time last year.

    Transportation & Public Utilities

    Employers in the Transportation & Public Utilities sector predict a
positive outlook with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 15 per
cent. Hiring expectations decreased by seven percentage points from the
previous quarter and decreased by six percentage points from last year at this
time when the Net Employment Outlook was 21 per cent.

    Wholesale & Retail Trades

    Employers in the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector project an optimistic
staffing picture for the third quarter of 2007 with a Net Employment Outlook
of 20 per cent. Results for the sector increased from last quarter by four 
percentage points and decreased by three percentage points compared to this
time last year when the Net Employment Outlook was 23 per cent.

    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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