Two Hydro One employees work at the top of a transmission tower to pull new shield wire across the St. Clair River. (Photo submitted by Hydro One)

Latest ManpowerGroup survey predicts favourable hiring climate

According to a survey of employers in the Windsor area, the region can look forward to a “favourable” hiring environment in the final quarter of the year.

The ManpowerGroup Employment Survey is making the rosy prediction after 17 per cent of employers said they plan to hire more workers between October 1 and December 31. That’s down from the last survey in July which said 27 per cent of companies wanted to add to their ranks.

“The remaining 73 per cent of employers plan to maintain their staffing levels in the upcoming quarter,” said Charity Magowan in Manpower’s London office.

The remaining 10 per cent anticipate cutbacks.

Magowan said the fourth-quarter net employment outlook for the final three months of the year is up 14 percentage points from this time last year, “indicating a respectable hiring pace.”

Nationally, the group said while unemployment was at record lows over the summer, hiring in some sectors appears to be weakening. At the same time, there is a real struggle to find and keep qualified workers. For those reasons, the forecast across Canada did not change.

“The market for Canadian job seekers is a bit of a mixed bag,” added Darlene Minatel, country manager. “Companies want to remain competitive and maintain their employee levels as they go into the new year. At the same time, there is a real struggle to find and retain qualified talent.”

Hiring prospects appear most robust in public administration and transportation, public utilities.

The strongest outlooks for job seekers were in Brampton and Kitchener-Cambridge, Quebec City, Charlottetown, and Surrey B.C.