Pace of summer hiring will be ‘fair’, says Manpower

BROCKVILLE – The job prospects in the Brockville area are looking somewhat good, according to the latest Manpower survey.

The agency’s Employment Outlook Survey released today (Tuesday) shows 13 per cent of employers asked plan to hire staff during the summer (July through September).

Three per cent are planning cutbacks while 84 per cent are keeping things status quo.

It’s being called a “moderate” hiring climate by Manpower. The summer snapshot is down 4 per cent from the previous quarter and down 5 per cent from the same period last year.

“(It’s) indicating a fair hiring pace for the upcoming months,” Manpower spokesman Lisa MacInnis said.

Brockville’s outlook is pretty close to the national average where a “modest” national hiring climate is expected.

Of the 1,900 employers asked across Canada, 16 per cent plan to hire, 5 per cent are planning cutbacks, 78 are keeping their employee count as is and 1 per cent are unsure.

With the low Canadian dollar, Manpower says your best bet for a job this summer is in the manufacturing sector as well as public administration.