Hiring climate optimistic for Vancouver in Q3: ManpowerGroup

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The outlook for hiring in Vancouver in 2018’s third quarter is positive, according to a new report from ManpowerGroup Canada.

In a survey of managers across the city, Manpower found 16% of employers expect to hire more employees between July and September, while 2% say they are likely to cut staff. Eighty per cent said they plan to maintain current levels, and 2% are unsure.

In Surrey, the hiring outlook is similar, according to the report. Seventeen per cent of employers said they plan to hire more staff in Q3, 3% said they expect to cut back and 77% say they plan to maintain current levels.

Across Canada overall, the hiring climate is positive, with transportation and public utilities showing the strongest outlook, as 20% of managers in that sector say they plan to add more employees to the payroll in Q3. This is followed by public administration (16%) and construction (15%).

“The numbers reflect a pattern of a labour market nearing capacity, with unemployment in some regions at record lows,” said ManpowerGroup country manager Darlene Minatel.

“For job seekers, this could mean larger wage gains in the quarter to come.”

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