‘Positive’ jobs prospect in Brockville: Manpower

BROCKVILLE – As the city still feels the sting of losing a major employer, a workforce consultant says there’s a bright side to summer in the local job market.

Manpower is out today with its Employment Outlook Survey, looking at the hiring climate for July through September.

Of the Brockville businesses polled, 17 per cent plan to hire, 3 per cent are anticipating cutbacks, 73 per cent are going to keep things as they are now and 7 per cent are unsure what they’ll do.

That’s a 6 per cent jump from the last quarter and 4 per cent above the July through September outlook in 2016.

The employment outlook for Brockville is better than the national average, where Manpower is calling for a modest hiring climate (17 per cent plan to hire, 4 per cent plan cutbacks, 78 are status quo and 1 per cent are unsure).

Brockville is still coming to grips with the recent announcement Procter and Gamble will be closing, leading to the loss of 480 jobs.

“Certainly, what’s reflective within the marketplace of Brockville is that, again, it’s not just one employer. We’re looking at a number of different organizations that have been contacted and with that the response has been positive,” spokesman Lisa Macinnis told Newswatch.

The survey was conducted between April 19 and May 2, prior to the province announcing impending changes to labour laws, including a $15 per hour minimum wage by 2018 and equal pay for equal work.

“There is another minimum wage bump happening in October this year. So whether or not that will have an impact (on employment intentions), I think that from the information we have at our fingertips, it’s difficult to say,” MacInnis said.

As for the impending changes to wage laws, MacInnis said it’s hard to say whether it will show up in the next quarter given the changes are spread over two years. But “it’s certainly prevalent in people’s minds right now,” she said.

Manpower’s ‘positive’ hiring climate is echoed by the Employment and Education Center, which says there are no shortage of jobs locally.

“We have many employers who are looking for jobs to be filled,” said Kim Barkley, employer services coordinator for EEC.

“This time of year is good for job seekers.”

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