Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Employers Expect a Steady Hiring Climate for the Third Quarter of 2008



    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - Canadian employers expect a steady hiring
climate for the July to September 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 24 percent
expect to increase their payrolls in the next three months while three percent
anticipate cutbacks, for an overall Net Employment Outlook of 21 percent. Of
those polled, 70 percent expect no change and three percent are unsure of
their staffing intentions for the upcoming quarter.
    With seasonal variations removed from the survey data, the Net Employment
Outlook falls to 11 percent. This is a one percentage point increase from the
previous quarter, indicating steady hiring intentions for the third quarter of
2008.
    "This quarter's Net Employment Outlook indicates that the positive, yet
conservative hiring pace, seen in the previous quarter, will continue into the
next three months," said Lori Rogers, VP of Operations for Manpower Canada.
"The labour market is still healthy with employers continuing to add to their
payrolls, but they are telling us that they will do it in a cautious and
measured way.
    "On a whole, all four regions report encouraging improvements in their
Net Employment Outlooks. The most dramatic increase is in Atlantic Canada,
where employers report a Net Employment Outlook of 27 percent which is ahead
of the national forecast," adds Rogers. "Employers in Western Canada also
anticipate an active quarter with a Net Employment Outlook of 25 percent, as
do Quebec employers, who report a Net Employment Outlook of 22 percent."
    Strengthened by bright projections in Atlantic Canada, Canadian employers
in the Mining and Transportation and Public Utilities sectors both expect an
active hiring pace with seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlooks of 22 and
19 percent, respectively. With Net Employment Outlooks, after seasonal
adjustments, of 16 and 14 percent, employers in the Services and Finance,
Insurance and Real Estate sectors expect a positive market for job seekers

    Mining

    With a third quarter seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
22 percent, employers in the Mining sector predict a solid three months.
Despite a seven percentage point increase from the previous quarter's
seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook, this sector has seen a seven
percentage point decrease since this time last year.

    Transportation and Public Utilities

    In the Transportation and Public Utilities sector employers predict a
favourable hiring climate for the upcoming July to September period, reporting
a Net Employment Outlook of 19 percent once seasonal variations are removed
from the data. Results from this sector have experienced a steady increase
since the same time last year when the Outlook was 13 percent, and from the
previous quarter when the seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook was six
percent.

    Services

    In the Services sector, employers project a steady hiring climate with a
seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 16 percent, which is a
one-percentage point decline from the previous quarter. It is also a
five-percentage point decrease from the same time last year when the
seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook was 21 percent.

    Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

    Employers in the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate sector project an
upbeat hiring pace with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of
14 percent. This quarter's forecast indicates an increase of five percentage
points from the last survey when the seasonally adjusted Net Employment
Outlook was nine percent but has decreased by three percentage points from the
same time last year.

    Public Administration

    Employers in the Public Administration sector anticipate a respectable
hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 13
percent. Hiring projections have decreased by five percentage points from the
previous quarter and have declined eight percentage points from the same time
last year when the Net Employment Outlook was 21 percent with seasonal
variations removed.

    Wholesale and Retail Trade

    Employers in the Wholesale and Retail Trade sector report a Net
Employment Outlook of 10 percent, once seasonal variations are removed. This
is a four-percentage point decline from the previous quarter when the
seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook was 14 percent and a further drop
from last year's third quarter results of 22 percent.

    Construction

    Reporting a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of nine percent,
employers in the Construction sector project an optimistic staffing period for
the third quarter of 2008. Results from this sector increased nine percentage
points from the previous quarter but have decreased 23 percentage points since
the same time last year.

    Education

    Employers in the Education sector expect a conservative hiring climate
for the upcoming July to September period, reporting a seasonally adjusted Net
Employment Outlook of nine percent. Results have slightly decreased by one
percentage point from the previous quarter. The Net Employment Outlook, after
seasonal adjustments, has further decreased 13 percentage points from the
third quarter of 2007.

    Manufacturing - Durable Goods

    Employers in the Manufacturing - Durable Goods sector report a seasonally
adjusted Net Employment Outlook of six percent, indicating a downbeat-hiring
climate. This is a one-percentage point decrease from the previous quarter and
a seven percentage point drop from the same time last year when the seasonally
adjusted Net Employment Outlook was 13 percent.

    Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods

    For the third quarter of 2008, Manufacturing - Non-Durable Goods sector
employers anticipate a flat hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net
Employment Outlook of zero. The last quarter's seasonally adjusted Net
Employment Outlook was negative one percent. However, this quarter's outlook
is considerably weaker than the same time last year when employers reported a
seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of nine percent.

    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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