Brockville job hunt ‘favourable’ this spring: Manpower

BROCKVILLE – If you’re looking for a job this spring, chances are you may be able to land one, according to the latest barometer of hiring intentions.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released today (March 8, 2016) is calling for a “favourable” hiring climate for April through June in Brockville.

Roughly one in four employers asked, plan to add staff.

In addition to the 27 per cent planning to hire, three per cent were anticipating cutbacks while the rest – 70 per cent – were keeping their employee count as is.

The overall outlook is up three per cent from the previous quarter but down four percentage points from April to June of 2015.

“Certainly, from a trend we are seeing on a favourable side continuing as we do west, as well looking at Kingston, the survey data reveals that 30 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter,” Manpower spokesman Lisa MacInnis told Brockville Newswatch.

But the struggle is evident heading east as the next major city – Cornwall – is expecting a quiet hiring phase with only seven per cent of surveyed employers adding workers.

Brockville companies keeping things as is, is actually a good thing. “When you’re looking at trends of 70-87 per cent of employers maintaining status quo, that’s a very positive number to impact within the region,” MacInnis said.

Brockville’s results far outweigh the national average of hiring intentions, where 1,900 Canadian employers were surveyed.

Fifteen per cent plan adding staff, five per cent plan cutbacks and 78 per cent are keeping things as is. Two per cent were unsure.

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