Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Canadian Employers Expect a Mild Hiring Climate for the Third Quarter of 2009



    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Canadian employers expect a mild hiring climate
for the July to September period of 2009, 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 1,900 Canadian employers reveals that 16 per cent
expect to increase their payrolls in the third quarter of 2009, while 11 per
cent anticipate cutbacks for a Net Employment Outlook of five per cent. Of
those polled 70 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current workforce
and three per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming
quarter.
    With seasonal variations removed from the survey data the Net Employment
Outlook declines to a subdued minus three per cent, indicating a sluggish
hiring pace for the third quarter of 2009. This forecast shows a slight
decrease from the previous three months when employers reported a seasonally
adjusted Net Employment Outlook of one per cent.
    "This quarter's Net Employment Outlook indicates that the modest hiring
climate reported in the previous quarter will continue," says Lori Rogers, VP
Staffing Services for Manpower Canada. "Canadian employers are indicating that
they will expand their payrolls but at a weaker pace than in the previous
quarter."
    "The hiring climates in Atlantic Canada and Quebec are ahead of the
national forecast," adds Rogers. Employers in Atlantic Canada report a
favourable hiring climate with a Net Employment Outlook of 18 per cent, while
employers in Quebec expect a hopeful hiring climate with a Net Employment
Outlook of 10 per cent. With a Net Employment Outlook of four per cent,
Ontario employers anticipate a modest hiring climate and with a Net Employment
of three per cent employers in Western Canada project a quiet hiring climate
for the upcoming quarter.
    Of the 10 surveyed sectors, employers in the Public Administration sector
report the most encouraging results for the July to September period of 2009
with a projected Net Employment Outlook of nine per cent once seasonal
variations are removed from the data. In the Finance, Insurance and Real
Estate sector employers anticipate a mild quarter with a seasonally adjusted
outlook of eight per cent. With a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook
of six per cent, employers in the construction sector prepare for a modest
hiring climate.

    Public Administration

    Employers in the Public Administration sector expect a moderate hiring
climate for the third quarter of 2009 reporting a seasonally adjusted Net
Employment Outlook of nine per cent. This is a five percentage point decrease
from the same time last year as well as a slight decline from the previous
quarter when the Net Employment Outlook was 10 per cent.

    Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

    Reporting a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of eight per cent,
employers in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate sector anticipate a fair
quarter. This outlook has declined by five percentage points from the outlook
reported by employers in the third quarter of 2008, but has increased by seven
percentage points from the previous quarter.

    Construction

    In the Construction sector, employers report a seasonally adjusted Net
Employment Outlook of six per cent. This is a decline from the same time last
year when employers reported a seasonally adjusted outlook of 17 per cent.
This quarter's Outlook is also a four percentage point decrease from the
Outlook projected in the previous quarter.

    Education

    Employers in the Education sector project a modest hiring climate for the
third quarter of 2009 with a Net Employment Outlook of five per cent with
seasonal variations removed from the data. This is a four percentage point
decline from the same time last year and a two percentage point decrease from
the previous quarter.

    Wholesale and Retail Trade

    With as a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of two per cent, job
seekers in the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector should expect a subdued
hiring climate for the upcoming quarter. This is a slight decrease from the
second quarter of 2009 when the Outlook stood at three per cent, and is also a
10 percentage point decline from the same time last year.

    Services

    Declining 11 percentage points from the previous quarter, employers in
the Services sector expect a flat hiring climate for the third quarter of
2009. The reported Outlook has also decreased from the same time last year
when the seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook was 18 per cent.

    Transportation and Public Utilities

    In the Transportation and Public Utilities sector, employers anticipate a
weak hiring climate reporting a Net Employment Outlook of minus two per cent
with seasonal variations removed from the data. This is a six percentage point
decrease from the previous quarter and a further decline from the same time
last year when employers reported a seasonally adjusted Outlook of 20 per
cent.

    Mining

    Reporting a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of minus two per
cent, employers in the Mining sector expect a reserved hiring climate for the
third quarter of 2009. This quarter's outlook is a 10 percentage point decline
from the previous quarter. It is also a decrease from the same time last year
when employers reported a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 15 per
cent.

    Manufacturing Non-Durable Goods

    Employers in the Manufacturing Non-Durable Goods sector expect a dim
hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of minus 12
per cent. This is a seven percentage point drop from the previous quarter and
a further 14 percentage point decline from the same time last year when the
employers reported a seasonally adjusted Outlook of two per cent.

    Manufacturing Durable Goods

    For the third quarter of 2009, employers in the Manufacturing Durable
Goods sector project a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of minus 20
per cent, which is an 11 percentage point decrease from the previous quarter
and a further 26 percentage point decline from the same time last year
indicating a gloomy hiring climate for the sector.

    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. It is the most extensive forward-looking
survey of its kind, unparalleled in its size, scope, longevity and area of
focus. The Survey has been running for more than 45 years and is one of the
most trusted surveys of employment activity in the world. The Manpower
Employment Outlook Survey is based on interviews with more than 70,000 public
and private employers worldwide and is considered a highly respected economic
indicator.
    The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is currently available for 34
countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,
China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece,
Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New
Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Singapore, Spain, South Africa,
Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The
program began in the United States and Canada in 1962, and the United Kingdom
was added in 1966. Mexico and Ireland launched the survey in 2002, and 13
additional countries were added to the program in 2003. New Zealand joined the
program in 2004, China, India, Switzerland and Taiwan were added in 2005, and
Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica and South Africa joined in 2006. Colombia, the
Czech Republic, Greece, Guatemala, Poland and Romania joined in 2008. For more
information, visit the Manpower Inc. Web site at www.manpower.com and enter
the Research Center.

    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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