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Steady hiring climate anticipated locally

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:28 PST, Thu January 7, 2021

Richmond is expected to enjoy a steady hiring climate during the first three months of this year.

The Employment Outlook Survey by the Manpower Group suggests 15 per cent of employers plan to expand their workforce, while five per cent anticipate cutbacks.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Richmond-Delta’s first quarter net employment outlook of +12 per cent is a three percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” said Richard Plumb of Manpower’s Vancouver office. “It’s also the same percentage as the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a respectable hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

Darlene Minatel, country manager for the Manpower Group, says with the uncertainty surrounding the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic a moderate hiring outlook for employers in the first quarter of 2021 can be seen as a positive development.

“With nine of the ten industry sectors expecting to add workers in the upcoming quarter, there will be opportunities for job seekers,” she said. “All four regions of the country have positive employment outlooks for the first quarter of 2021, but it’s still challenging for job seekers in Western Canada with a flat employment outlook (of only + one per cent).”

In all, the survey indicates 41 per cent of employers across Canada expect to return to pre-COVID-19 hiring levels within the next year. Employers in public administration and the transportation and public utilities sectors reporting the highest industry outlooks at +14 per cent.

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