Hiring projections for 2014

Hiring projections for early 2014: Regions and sectors expecting the most robust job creation

Peter Harris|

Canadian companies are planning to continue hiring in the new year with 13% of employers surveyed saying that they plan to increase the size of their staff between January and March of 2014, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.

The quarterly employment outlook survey of 1,900 employers reveals that 13% plan to increase their staff payrolls in the second quarter, 78% intend to maintain their current workforce, and only 8% are foreseeing cuts. This marks a two percent increase in hiring over the final quarter of this year and is roughly equivalent to the hiring outlook was like at the start of 2013.

“Overall, a respectable national hiring climate is projected in the coming quarter,” said Byrne Luft, Vice President of Operations for Manpower Canada. “Employers in the construction industry are again anticipating the strongest payroll gains, however most new jobs in the sector are expected in Western Canada and Ontario. Nationally, though job creation continues at a steady pace, many of the gains are expected to occur in lower-paying sectors.”

Regional projections

Employers in Western Canada anticipate the most robust hiring climate for early 2014, reporting an employment outlook of 17%. Employers in Ontario and Atlantic Canada expect a modest hiring pace with an outlook of 8%, while employers in Quebec anticipate only limited opportunities for candidates looking for jobs with only 1% of employers expecting to staff up.

Sectors expecting increased hiring

The biggest employment gains early next year are expected to be in Construction with a 16% employment outlook. Retail (14%), Manufacturing Durables (14%), Education (13%), and Finance, Insurance, Real Estate (12%) are the other sectors projecting the healthiest hiring climates for the start of 2014.

The Services sector, along with Mining, Transportation & Utilities, Manufacturing Non-Durables, and Public Administration are all expecting more modest hiring for the coming months.

Online Job Postings

This survey aligns with Workopolis’ own research into the job market. Our longer term projections also remain in positive growth territory. Online job postings continue to increase month over month. This and the key economic indicators that we watch continue to be positive, and so Workopolis would expect to see increased hiring continue into the New Year and ongoing slow but steady growth in employment.

According to Statistics Canada, the Canadian economy added 22,000 jobs in November, keeping the national unemployment rate steady at 6.9%, the lowest it has been since the start of the recession in late 2008.

For more details from the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, you can download the full report here. [PDF]


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  • Kartikeswar Senapati

    Is it that job opportunities are available only for young people or opportunities are also available for people over 50?

  • catherinefrouin

    I am 51 years and can’t find one since over 1 year now! Really hard now!

  • Widows Son

    I am very depressed with my situation and I see no hope for the future. I lost my job at a municipality for no cause. That was almost 5 years ago and I have been unable to find a job in my field, even one junior to my former positions. Most jobs seemed to be already filled or smaller municipalities give the jobs to a friend of a friend. I am 54 and when I walk into an interview I can see the surprise when they see that I am not a young man. It makes you wonder if people read you resume and calculate that you have worked for 30 years. Speaking of interviews, I have attended my fair share, but I must be honest and say that most are terribly done. HR staff are the worst people to have in an interview that involves professional positions. They asked the most ridiculous questions. Regardless you have to be polite and answer the questions. I have had people interview me that do not look in my eyes or just look bored. Others sit there and yawn. I had one guy yawn once, but 15 times during the interview and he could not stop looking at the wall clock every thirty seconds. On this occasion it was so disrupting I asked the fellow if he would like me to leave as it appears that he doesn’t have time right now for an interview. Yes that is not a smart thing to say, but come on mister, get in the game. Besides I would dread working for some man like that. I had one commissioner screaming at me wanting to know why I lost my job. The man even called me derogatory names in the interview.
    I am not at all hopeful as I have gone from a man who loved helping others in service to the public and making a good wage, to now being a person without any income. I am lucky that family has helped me. But that can’t last forever. So here I am, a professional in the engineering field that was let go with 6 years to go before I could collect my full pension. Given that I have not completed the required years of service, I will end up with a pension that is 1/2 less then the poverty line.
    So there you go, this is what a man in is fifties experiences. Your too old and you have too much experience and that make the person that you work for nervous. I think back to when I was a younger man and how many people that I hired who are in the position that I am now.
    What makes matter worst is that I see my provincial government waste billions of dollars on boondoggles like the Green Energy Act, reduce services and what more of money through extra taxes or some other silly schemes. The McGunity’s masterpiece of stealing our tax dollars to close a gas plant to win two Liberal seats.
    This Ontario is a wasteland, filled with scores of people like me. They had better find opportunities for us as we are certainly going to be a major burden on society.
    I wonder if I can immigrate somewhere. My ancestors came in 1820, maybe now it’s time to leave this province as there is no suitable work or hope of improved prosperity.