Ottawa faces weak hiring outlook for first quarter of 2014: survey

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More Ottawa employers are planning to make cutbacks than hire during the first three months of the new year, according to a new survey by international staffing firm Manpower.

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But the majority, at 75 per cent, plan to maintain their current staffing levels.

Adjusted for seasonal variations, the net employment outlook – the difference between the percentage of companies planning to expand and those planning to make cutbacks – for the upcoming quarter is minus one per cent.

That’s a decline of three percentage points from the previous quarter.

“It is also a nine percentage point decrease from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a weak hiring pace for the upcoming months,” said Megan Prikker of Manpower’s Ottawa office in a press release.

Ottawa’s employment outlook for the first three-months of 2014 is weaker than both the Ontario and national averages.

Provincially, the seasonally adjusted outlook is at eight per cent, with the construction industry anticipating the highest staffing increases.

The nationwide outlook is 12 per cent. Manpower said that 13 per cent of employers surveyed anticipated staffing increases, compared to eight per cent who are planning cuts.

About 78 per cent plan to maintain their current number of employees.

Over 1,900 employers across Canada were surveyed.

Geographic location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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  • Jayme
    December 10, 2013 - 10:52

    I think Southern Ontario is about to see massive job losses due to the Libs.

    • Anthony
      December 10, 2013 - 12:44

      AGREED! Energy costs are killing our economy and future job prospects. My company was acquired a few years ago and we investigated moving from Quebec to Ontario. However, the projected operational costs were so outrageous we decided to stay put. In fact, last year our head office went so far as to officially move all of our operations out of Ontario. And there is more coming... for all those interested you can Google Ontario's proposed new Bill 91.

    • Jayme
      December 11, 2013 - 10:25

      Anthony People refuse to talk bad about the Gta and S Ontario be it the job market or housing everything is over hyped acting like there is no issue.Just take the housing market people say look at all the growth this is great fact is many buildings are being built with less then 20% units sold in some cases no units are sold.