Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Employers Expect a Positive Hiring Climate for the Second Quarter of 2008



    TORONTO, March 11 /CNW/ - Canadian employers expect a positive hiring
climate for the April to June period of 2008 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 21 per cent
plan to increase their payrolls in the next three months while 5 per cent
anticipate cutbacks, for an overall Net Employment Outlook of 16 per cent. Of
those polled, 70 per cent expect no change and four 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 ten per cent is a nine percentage point decline from the previous
quarter, indicating hiring intentions should be fair for the second quarter of
2008.
    "This quarter's Net Employment Outlook indicates that the moderate hiring
activity seen in the previous quarter has weakened in second quarter of 2008,"
said Yvonne Tennenbaum, Regional Director for Manpower Canada. "Employers are
telling us that over the next three months they plan on adding to their
payrolls at a slower pace than in the previous quarter."
    "Employers in Atlantic and Western Canada report active hiring climates
that are ahead of the national forecast," adds Tennenbaum. "With a Net
Employment Outlook of 25 per cent, Atlantic Canada employers project a solid
hiring climate. Employers in Western Canada also anticipate an upbeat quarter
with a Net Employment Outlook of 18 per cent, as do Ontario employers, who
report a Net Employment Outlook of 15 per cent."
    Strengthened by bright projections in Atlantic Canada, Canadian employers
in the Public Administration and Services sectors both expect a solid hiring
pace with Net Employment Outlooks of 19 and 17 per cent respectively. With Net
Employment Outlooks of 15 and 14 per cent, employers in the Mining and
Wholesale and Retail Trade sectors expect a steady market for job seekers.

    Public Administration

    Employers in the Public Administration sector anticipate an upbeat hiring
climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 19 per cent.
Hiring projections have increased by two percentage points from the previous
quarter and have declined ten percentage points from the same time last year.

    Services

    In the Services sector, employers project a favourable hiring climate
with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 17 per cent, which is a
two-percentage point decline from the previous quarter. It is also a
five-percentage point drop from the same time last year when the seasonally
adjusted Net Employment Outlook was 22 per cent.

    Mining

    With a second quarter seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
15 per cent, Mining sector employers predict an upbeat period, despite the
21 percentage point decline from the previous quarter and a 18 percentage
point decline from the same time last year.

    Wholesale and Retail Trade

    Employers in the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector report a Net
Employment Outlook of 14 per cent, once seasonal variations are removed. This
is considerably weaker than the previous quarter when the Net Employment
Outlook was 28 per cent and slightly weaker than last year's second quarter
results of 17 per cent.

    Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

    Employers in the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate sector project a
moderate hiring pace with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of nine
per cent. This quarter's Outlook indicates a decline of six percentage points
from the previous quarter and further decline from the same time last year
when the Net Employment Outlook was 21 percent.

    Education

    Employers in the Education sector expect a moderate hiring climate for
the upcoming April to June period reporting a seasonally adjusted Net
Employment Outlook of nine per cent. Results have weakened from last quarter
and from the same time last year the Net Employment Outlooks were both 15 per
cent.

    Manufacturing - Durable Goods

    Employers in the Manufacturing - Durable Goods sector report a seasonally
adjusted Net Employment Outlook of seven per cent indicating a fair hiring
climate. Hiring expectations have declined seven percentage points from the
previous quarter, but are slightly stronger than the same time last year when
the Net Employment Outlook was six per cent.

    Transportation and Public Utilities

    In the Transportation and Public Utilities sector employers predict a
modest hiring climate for the upcoming April to June period reporting a Net
Employment Outlook of five per cent once seasonal variations are removed.
Results from this sector have weakened from the same time last year when the
Outlook was 22 per cent, and from the previous quarter when the seasonally
adjusted Net Employment Outlook was 16 per cent.

    Construction

    Reporting a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of zero, employers
in the Construction sector project a flat staffing period for the second
quarter of 2008. Results from this sector decreased 40 percentage points from
the previous quarter and 31 percentage points compared with the same time last
year.

    Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods

    For the second quarter of 2008, Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods sector
employers anticipate a downbeat hiring climate with a Net Employment Outlook
of minus one per cent. This is the only negative sector Outlook, and is
10 percentage points weaker than last quarter when the Net Employment Outlook
was nine per cent. The Outlook is also considerably weaker in a comparison
with the second quarter of 2007 when the Net Employment Outlook was 10 per
cent.

    Note to Editors

    Full survey results for each of the 32 countries and territories included
in this quarter's survey, plus regional and global comparisons, can be found
in the Manpower Press Room at www.manpower.com/meos. In addition, all tables
and graphs from the full report are available to be downloaded for use in
publication or broadcast from the Manpower Web site at
http://www.manpower.com/library.
    Note that in Quarter 2 of 2008, the survey adopted the TRAMO-SEATS model
for seasonal adjustment of data. As a result, you may notice some seasonally
adjusted data points change slightly from previous reports. This model is
recommended by the Eurostat department of the European Union and the European
Central Bank and is widely used internationally.

    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 55,000 public
and private employers worldwide and is considered a highly respected economic
indicator.
    The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is currently available for
32 countries and territories: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada,
China, 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. 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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