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Employment outlook for April to June is strong in key sectors

Toronto, ON -- Canadian employers expect a strong hiring climate for the April to June period of 2006, according to...


Toronto, ON — Canadian employers expect a strong hiring climate for the April to June period of 2006, according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The survey of more than 1,700 Canadian employers reveals that 34% plan to increase their payrolls while 5% anticipate cutbacks for a Net Employment Outlook of 29%. Of those polled, 58% expect no changes and 3% are unsure of their staffing intentions.

With seasonal variations removed from the survey data, the Net Employment Outlook of 21% is a 4% increase from the previous quarter, indicating hiring expectations continue to be solid for the second quarter of 2006.

“This quarter’s Net Employment Outlook indicates that the solid hiring activity seen in the first quarter should expand slightly,” said Lori Procher, vice-president and general manager for Manpower Canada. “Employers are telling us that over the next three months they will continue to add to their payrolls at an even higher rate.”

“Three of the four regional projections are in line with the national Net Employment Outlook,” Procher adds. “Western Canada leads the country with a Net Employment Outlook of 48%, while Atlantic Canada employers also anticipate a prosperous hiring climate with a Net Employment Outlook of 31%. Employers in Ontario expect an active hiring climate with a Net Employment Outlook of 24%. Quebec employers, while trailing the other regions, are still upbeat with a reported Net Employment Outlook of 18%.”

Of the 10 surveyed industry sectors, Mining employers report the most brisk results for the April to June period of 2006 with a Net Employment Outlook of 31%, once seasonal variations are removed.

A moderate three-month period is anticipated by employers in the Manufacturing – Durable Goods sector, where a Net Employment Outlook of 12% is reported once seasonal variations are removed. This Net Employment Outlook is a 5% increase from the previous quarter, but is a decrease from the same time last year when the Net Employment Outlook was 15%.

Manufacturing – Non-durable Goods sector employers project a modest hiring climate with a seasonally adjusted Net Employment Outlook of 10%. This is a decrease of 3% from the previous quarter and a 2% increase to the Net Employment Outlook reported this time last year.

Employers in the Mining sector anticipate a brisk second quarter with a Net Employment Outlook of 31% after seasonal variations are removed. Hiring plans in mining fell by 15% from the previous quarter, but this is an increase compared to the same time last year when the Net Employment Outlook was 20%.

Employers in the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector project a healthy staffing picture for the second quarter of 2006 with a Net Employment Outlook of 26%. Results for the sector improved from last quarter by eight percentage points and also increased seven percentage points compared to this time last year.

The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is conducted quarterly to measure employers’ intentions to increase or decrease the number of employees in their workforce during the next quarter. The Canadian survey is based on interviews with more than 1,700 public and private employers in 43 markets across the country. The margin of error is +/- 2.4%.

More information on Manpower Inc. is available at www.manpower.com.