Positive Hiring Climate Expected for Victoria

Victoria area job seekers should expect a positive hiring climate for the third quarter of 2016, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

“Survey data reveals that 31 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter (July to September), while six per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Jeff Polkinghorne of Manpower’s Vancouver office. “The remaining 63 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter.”

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Victoria and the Capital Regional District’s third quarter Net Employment Outlook of 19 per cent is an increase of five percentage points over the previous quarterly Outlook,” said Polkinghorne. “It is also an increase of 15 percentage points from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating an upbeat hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

“Nationally, employment gains are expected to be modest in the third quarter,” said Darlene Minatel, Vice President, Manpower Canada Operations & Strategic Accounts. “However, we are seeing some bright spots. The Canadian dollar’s prolonged low has been good news for the manufacturing industry. Increased demand for Canadian exports is a big reason the manufacturing – durables sector is expecting the largest quarterly employment growth of any sector for Q3.”