The jobs market in Red Deer will have a mild hiring climate in the coming months, according to a survey by Manpower Group. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The jobs market in Red Deer will have a mild hiring climate in the coming months, according to a survey by Manpower Group. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Survey indicates hiring climate to remain mild in Red Deer

The outlook of available jobs in Red Deer isn’t expected to change in the second quarter of 2021.

According to ManpowerGroup’s employment outlook survey, only 16 per cent of Red Deer and area employers expect to make hires this quarter, while another 16 per cent anticipate cutbacks.

“Another 65 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter (for the Red Deer region), while the remaining three per cent of employers are unsure of their hiring intentions,” said Randy Upright, CEO of Manpower’s Alberta region.

“With seasonal variations removed from the data, Red Deer’s second quarter net employment outlook of three per cent is a five-percentage point increase when compared to the previous quarterly outlook.

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

The survey of over 1,300 employers across Canada reveals that 15 per cent plan to increase their staffing levels in the second quarter of 2021, while just four per cent anticipate cutbacks.

Meanwhile, 77 per cent of the employers surveyed Canada-wide expect their current staffing levels to remain unchanged, while the remaining four per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions.

The survey also indicated that in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 22 per cent of employers have had to decrease the number of full-time workers they employ, while 67 per cent have stayed the same and 10 per cent have increased.

“An ongoing moderate hiring outlook for employers in the second quarter of 2021, in light of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, can be interpreted as a positive trajectory,” said Darlene Minatel, country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada.

“With all ten industry sectors expecting to hire in the upcoming quarter, there will be opportunities for job seekers.”

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