Burnaby-area employers expect ‘reasonable’ hiring climate in early 2020

December 26, 2019

By Burnaby Now |

Employers in the Burnaby and Coquitlam area anticipate a “reasonable” hiring climate for the first three months of 2020, according to a recent survey.

Survey data from staffing firm ManpowerGroup’s employer outlook survey show 16% of employers in the area plan to hire in the first quarter of 2020, compared to 2% expecting cutbacks. A further 80% plan to maintain current staffing levels, with the remaining 2% unsure.

Accounting for seasonal variations in employment, Manpower rated the “net employment outlook” at 14%, a four percentage point increase over Q4 2019.

“It is also a four percentage point decrease from the outlook reported during the same time last year,” said Richard Plumb of Manpower’s Vancouver office in a statement.

Darlene Minatel, country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada, said the hiring climate in the beginning of 2020, while still offering some room for job-seekers, may be tightening.

“Despite the slight decline in the national employment outlook, unemployment remains low in Canada and wages continue to rise. Clearly, it’s still a job seeker’s market,” Minatel said in a statement.

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