Limited spring hiring in Cornwall: ManpowerGroup

CORNWALL – The hiring intentions of local employers will be more laid back heading into the spring, according to ManpowerGroup.

The agency is out today (March 9) with its Employment Outlook Survey for April through June.

Of the local businesses asked, 9 per cent were plan to hire, 4 per cent were planning cutbacks and 87 per cent were keeping the status quo, which the hiring agency considers a “subdued” hiring climate.

The net employment outlook of plus 5 per cent is 16 percentage points lower than the previous three months but is 6 per cent higher than April to June of 2020.

Veronica Hariski with the Ottawa Manpower office says the number indicate “a limited hiring pace for the upcoming months.” But it’s still seen as a “positive trajectory” given the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Darlene Minatel with ManpowerGroup Canada.

The net employment outlook is slightly lower than the national figure of plus 8 per cent. The Canadian survey of 1,300 employers found 15 per cent plan to hire, 4 per cent have cutbacks in mind, 77 per cent are keeping things as is and 4 per cent are unsure.

The national survey asked a couple of pandemic-related questions as well.

Half of those asked expected their workforce back in the office within the next year while 33 per cent expected a mix of remote and job site work.

Forty-one per cent of employers don’t have plans for a policy on the COVID-19 vaccine. Eight per cent plan to make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory.