Manpower predicts limited hiring climate for Ottawa in Q3

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Anyone looking for a job in Ottawa in the next few months could be in for a rough ride, according to Manpower’s latest survey.

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The international staffing firm is predicting a "limited hiring climate" for Ottawa in the third quarter, with 18 per cent of employers surveyed looking to hire in the three-month period beginning July 1. Three per cent of local employers say they are expecting to cut positions, while 70 per cent are staying the course and nine per cent are unsure.

Still, the number of employers who plan to add to their payrolls is up a bit from the most recent survey, said Megan Prikker of Manpower’s Ottawa office.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Ottawa’s third-quarter net employment outlook of two per cent is a slight increase of two percentage points when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” Prikker said in a release. “It is also a one percentage point decrease from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a quiet hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

The news is better across the country, with the company predicting a “fair hiring climate” in the third quarter.

Overall, 20 per cent of Canadian employers are planning on hiring, while four per cent expect to make cuts, 74 per cent expect no change and two per cent are unsure.

The best prospects for employment nationally are in transportation and public utilities, followed by public administration and construction.

Manpower questioned 1,900 employers across the country to get the results.

Geographic location: Ottawa

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