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'Hopeful' hiring climate in Toronto in Q1 of 2013: Manpower

Toronto employers expect a “hopeful” hiring climate next year with more than 10 per cent planning to hire in the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest Manpower employment outlook survey.

The climate is “hopeful” both in Toronto and across Canada.

“Survey data reveals that 13 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (January to March), while six per cent anticipate cutbacks,” Michelle Dunnill of Manpower’s Toronto office said in a release.

Another 79 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels while two per cent of employers are unsure of their hiring intentions for the upcoming quarter.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Toronto’s first quarter Net Employment Outlook of 12 per cent is a moderate increase when compared to the previous quarterly Outlook of five per cent,” said Dunnill.

“It is also a one percentage point increase from the Outlook reported during the same time last year indicating an upbeat hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

Across Canada, the transportation and public utilities sectors report the strongest first-quarter job prospects  with 21 per cent saying they expect to add to their workforce, Manpower said.

Employers in the services sector said they anticipate a steady hiring climate in the first quarter and construction companies had an upbeat hiring climate.

On a regional basis, employers in western Canada and the Maritimes reported the most positive outlook for the first three months of 2013.

The survey polled 1,900 Canadian employers.