Manpower predicts weak hiring outlook for Ottawa in Q2

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Ottawa’s employment outlook is looking worse, according to a survey by international staffing firm Manpower.

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According to the company, 13 per cent of employers in Ottawa are planning to hire new staff during the three-month period beginning April 1.

The survey found that seven per cent are planning cuts, while another 77 per cent plan to keep staffing levels steady. Only three per cent of respondents reported that they aren’t sure of their hiring plans.

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

It’s a “10 percentage point decrease from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a limited hiring pace for the upcoming months,” said Lisa MacInnis of Manpower’s Kingston office in a press release.

Nationally, the outlook isn’t looking that much more rosey.

“A modest hiring climate is projected for the second quarter of 2014, with new business growth at its weakest in five months,” said Byrne Luft, Vice President of Operations for Manpower Canada in the release.

“Job growth is expected to be slower in Ontario and Quebec, with limited advances in full-time work expected for the coming quarter.”

Organizations: Manpower Canada

Geographic location: Ottawa, Ontario, Quebec

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