Windsor employers expect "cautiously optimistic" hiring climate

Hiring forecast 'cautiously optimistic', but most Calgary businesses don't plan to expand

Besides the 31 percent of employers expecting their staffs to grow in the next quarter, 63 percent foresee no change and 4 percent are anticipating a reduction.

Employers in nine of the 10 industry sectors expect to increase payrolls during the April-June period. "The remaining four per cent are unsure of hiring intentions".

To calculate the net employment outlook of +11% above, the percentage of employers expecting an increase was first taken, from which the percentage of those anticipating a decrease was subtracted.

Reporting the strongest hiring plans, the services sector has a net employment outlook of +18%. Employers in Professional & Business Services have a +23% employment Outlook fueled by growing demand for knowledge workers with the right balance of human strengths including communication and collaboration and technical capabilities from coding to data analytics.

"Ultimately the biggest piece of insight I can give is for job seekers to understand the skills gap, understand that there is work out there, but understanding what you're skill set versus what's skill set that's needed and bridging that gap", Borhot said.

"Employers in nearly all countries we surveyed globally report positive hiring outlooks for Q2, with most optimism in the United States and Japan", said ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO Jonas Prising.

Some industries are seeing a marked improvement over previous quarters. In the tech sector, we see a higher number of Java openings requiring computer science degrees than there are graduates.

Construction appears to be the sector with the best hiring prospects (+26 percent), followed by that of electricity, natural gas and water (+24 percent).

However, hiring prospects improve in three sectors, most notably by 14 percentage points in the Agriculture, Hunting, Forestry & Fishing sector and by 5 percentage points in the Electricity, Gas & Water sector. When compared to the results of last year's Edmonton outlook, it's a decrease of five percentage points. Outlooks stand at +8% in both the transportation & utilities sector and the wholesale & retail trade sector, whilst the weakest outlook of +7% is reported by finance, insurance & real estate sector employers. More worryingly, the negative Outlook in the Business and Financial services sector - which employs almost a fifth of all United Kingdom workers - suggests jobs are set to be lost in Britain's most important sector. Meanwhile, Micro- and Medium-size employers report cautious hiring plans with Outlooks of +1%.

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