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Hiring outlook good in Manitoba: survey

Things are looking up for local job seekers this spring, according to the latest employment survey by Manpower Canada.

The employment services firm said 18 per cent of Winnipeg employers surveyed said they plan to hire workers for the second quarter of this year. None of them said they expect to cut workers, 77 per cent said they intend to maintain current staffing levels, and the other five per cent said they were unsure about their hiring intentions for the quarter.

"With seasonal variations removed from the data, Winnipeg’s second quarter net employment outlook of 20 per cent is on par with the outlook reported for last quarter," said Carman Gosselin of Manpower’s Winnipeg office.

"It is also an eight-percentage-point increase from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating an optimistic hiring pace for the upcoming months," Gosselin added.

Nationally, Manpower said it will only be a modest hiring climate for Canadian job hunters this spring, with new business growth at its weakest in five months.

"There are some bright spots amidst the slow growth, with employers in the construction and transportation and public utilities industry sectors expecting the strongest gains," said Byrne Luft, Manpower’s vice-president of operations.

"However, job growth is expected to be slower in Ontario and Quebec, with limited advances in full-time work expected for the coming quarter."

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