Burnaby 'hiring climate' on the upswing: survey

Burnaby-Coquitlam area employers expect a hopeful hiring climate for the fourth quarter of 2018, according to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey.

“Survey data reveals that 17 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (October to December), while three per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Richard Plumb of Manpower’s Vancouver office. “Another 80 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter.”  

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The data collection included taking into account the time of year.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Burnaby-Coquitlam’s fourth quarter Net Employment Outlook of 14 per cent is a one-percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Plumb. “It is also a decrease of 15 percentage points from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a steady hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

The employment group said that certain areas are in high demand for workers.

"With the unemployment rate hovering near 40-year lows, competition for talent is heating up across the country," said Darlene Minatel, Country Manager for ManpowerGroup Canada. "Skilled trades and bilingual candidates are especially in demand, causing upward pressure on wages and an increase in permanent full-time hiring as the need to improve retention becomes more urgent."

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