Brockville – According to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, Brockville area employers expect a moderate hiring climate for the first quarter of 2020.
“Survey data reveals that 13% of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter, while 7% anticipate cutbacks,” stated Anne-Marie Lanthier of Manpower’s Brockville office. “The remaining 80% of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter.”
“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Brockville’s first quarter Net Employment Outlook of +10% is a one percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Lanthier. “It’s also a three percentage point increase from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a modest hiring pace for the upcoming months.”
“At the beginning of 2020, prospects for Canadian job seekers – while still positive – are tightening,” said Darlene Minatel, Country Manager of ManpowerGroup Canada. “Despite the slight decline in the national employment outlook, unemployment remains low in Canada and wages continue to rise. Clearly, it’s still a job seeker’s market. Employers are also grappling with widening skills gaps and are hard pressed to find bilingual talent and those in the skilled trades. Job seekers would be well advised to seek training in these areas, while employers might consider upskilling and bridging programs to close the gap.”