Hiring climate ‘fair’ to start 2015: Manpower

CORNWALL – If you’re making a New Year’s resolution to find a job is may be a bit of a challenge.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is out Tuesday showing a “fair” hiring climate for Cornwall for the period from January through March, 2015.

Of the businesses in Cornwall surveyed, seven per cent plan to hire, three per cent plan cutbacks, 87 per cent are keeping the same staffing levels and three per cent were unsure.

The good news is the net employment outlook is up two per cent from the previous quarter (October-December 2014) and the outlook is four basis points higher than the same period in 2014.

“It seems as though overall there is that very cautious climate that businesses are, in most cases within our region, are looking at an increase but it’s not larger jumps. It seems to be a very controlled hiring climate,” Lisa MacInnis told Cornwall Newswatch.

“The 87 per cent staying the same, that’s also a positive number,” she said.

MacInnis says employers also seem to be leaning toward more part-time and contract work, according to comments in the survey.

So what are the hot ticket job markets?

“When we look at overall, our highest percentages seems to be more along the lines coming into the first quarter is typically finance, insurance and real estate. Manufacturing is on its rise and also public administration is a favourable hiring climate as well,” MacInnis said.

The hiring outlook more or less mirrors the trend Canada-wide, which also has a “fair” hiring climate.

Of the 1,900 employers across Canada asked, 11 per cent plan to hire, seven per cent plan to cut staff, 79 per cent are keeping the employees they have now and three per cent are unsure.

The size of the survey pool for Cornwall was not available.

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