A masked worker walks behind a hiring sign on his way into the Dover Cliffs long term care home in Port Dover, Ont., Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Statistics Canada will say this morning how Canada's job market fared last month as COVID-19 case counts rose along with a new round of public health restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Red Deer hiring climate looking up in third quarter

There could be more jobs available in Red Deer over the coming months.

According to data released by ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey, Red Deer employers expect an upbeat hiring climate for the third quarter of 2021.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Red Deer’s third-quarter net employment outlook of 18 per cent is a sixteen-percentage point increase when compared to the previous quarterly outlook,” said Randy Upright, CEO of Manpower’s Alberta Region.

“It is also a 19-percentage point increase from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating a favourable hiring pace for the upcoming months.”

The survey of over 1,500 employers across Canada indicates that 17 per cent plan to increase their staffing levels in the second quarter of 2021, while four per cent anticipate cutbacks.

Meanwhile, 75 per cent of the employers surveyed expect their current staffing levels to remain unchanged, while the remaining four per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions.

Twenty-six per cent of employers surveyed do not expect to go back to pre-pandemic levels of hiring and 11 per cent expect to hire at the same level or higher than before COVID-19 within the next three months.

“Widespread vaccination and settling of the pandemic may well be contributing to an increase in employers planning to return to workplace-based working for the third quarter of 2021,” said Darlene Minatel, country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada.

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