A new survey of the hiring intentions of Canadian employers across the country reveals which regions and industries are expecting to see growth in the rest of 2015.

The Manpower Group has just released its Employment Outlook report for the fourth quarter of 2015. Most Canadian employers say that they are planning only modest hiring over the coming months. Slightly less hiring is predicted than in Q3 of this year, but the employment outlook remains the same as it was at this same period in 2014.

For this national survey of 1,900 employers, only 11% say that they plan to hire increased staff. The majority, 77% indicate that they plan to maintain their current workforce, and 3% are uncertain of their plans. The remaining 9% of employers said that they plan to cut staff in the coming months.

Reflecting on recent national employment reports from Statistics Canada, Manpower’s Michelle Dunnill commented, “We have noted an increase in fulltime work, a positive change from recent quarters. However, we are hearing some concerns regarding the market’s instability, leading to some employers holding off on hiring.”

Here’s a look at the hiring outlook by sector and region.

Industries predicting increased hiring:

Fields expecting slowest hiring:

    Manufacturing Non-Durables

Regions expecting robust hiring:

Regions predicting slow hiring:

    Laval, QC
    Thunder Bay, ON
    Moncton, NB
    Regina, SK
    London, ON
    Durham, ON

Infographic: The Employment Outlook Survey for Q4, 2015

Hiring intentions among U.S. employers are the most upbeat in the Americas. Internationally, employers in India, Taiwan and Japan expect the most hiring in Q4. Employers in Brazil, Italy, France, Greece and Finland predict the worst employment outlooks globally.

Read the full report from Manpower, including the local employment outlook for cities and towns across the country.


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