Respectable hiring climate anticipated for Red Deer

ManpowerGroup Employment conducts survey of area businesses

  • Mar. 14, 2017 2:15 p.m.

Red Deer area employers expect a respectable hiring climate for the second quarter of 2017, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

“Survey data reveals that 20 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (April to June), while eight per cent anticipate cutbacks,” said Randy Upright, CEO of Manpower’s Alberta Region.

Another 72% of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Red Deer’s second quarter Net Employment Outlook of 14 per cent is a three percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Upright. “It is also an increase of 24 percentage points from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating an upbeat hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

“Nationally, the second quarter of 2017 is expected to see modest gains for Canadian job seekers,” said Darlene Minatel, vice president, Manpower Canada Operations & Strategic Accounts. “Many companies, especially in the manufacturing sector, are taking a cautious approach until they see what effect political changes in the United States will have on the Canadian economy.”

– Fawcett