Survey says Red Deer headed for positive hiring climate in new year

Employment prospects are looking brighter in 2017, according to a recent report from ManpowerGroup.

The recently-released survey from the human resource consulting firm, indicated 22 per cent of Red Deer area employers plan to hire in the upcoming quarter, January to March. Only five per cent anticipate cutbacks.

The survey result is similar to what the Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce has heard anecdotally and seen in local employment data.

“The energy sector has been gearing up over the past few weeks,” said Reg Warkentin, Red Deer District and Chamber of Commerce policy and advocacy manager, in an email.

“The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors is projecting companies will drill over 30 per cent more in 2017 compared to the year prior.”

Darlene Minatel, vice president Manpower Canada Operations and Strategic Accounts, said nationally the hiring climate is expected to make the biggest gains in public administration and manufacturing sectors.

“While there are still some areas of concern, oil prices are recovering from their recent lows, the continued weakness in the Canadian dollar is a boon for exports, and Alberta is beginning to rebound after the damage caused by the Fort McMurray wildfires. Job seekers have reason to be optimistic in the quarter to come,” she said.

Warkentin noted much of Red Deer’s regional economy is comprised of drilling and service companies, as well as oilfield manufacturing.

“There’s companies are figuring out how to make money at $50 oil,” Warkentin said. “We expect that as the energy sector recovers, we’ll see a great deal of economic spinoff to other sectors in our economy.”

The vast majority of employers in the survey, 71 per cent, said they plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the next quarter. Two per cent were unsure of their hiring intentions.

“I think there is a lot to be optimistic about in to 2017 and the Manpower survey confirms that,” Warkentin said. “If there’s any doubt we weren’t moving in the right direction, just look back at a few months ago when our unemployment was at 10 per cent.”

mcrawford@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Alberta hiring more paramedics and buying new ambulances, none for Red Deer

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer is not concerned the provincial government didn’t… Continue reading

‘My nightmare began again’: Close call as bus carrying Humboldt crash survivor rear-ended

CALGARY — A terrifying ordeal for Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki this… Continue reading

Halifax airport operations normalize after Boeing 747 runway overshoot

HALIFAX — The Halifax Stanfield International Airport has resumed normal operations a… Continue reading

Bentley family left without a home grateful for community support

Central Albertans are coming together to support a Bentley family left homeless… Continue reading

Red Deer RCMP ready for new mandatory alcohol screening law

Red Deer RCMP are ready to enforce a new law intended to… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer and District Kennel Club Dog Show at Westerner Park

The Red Deer and District Kennel Club is holding a dog show… Continue reading

Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff… Continue reading

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain… Continue reading

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

Brothers, 20, face second-degree murder charge in death of teen: police

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Police west of Toronto say two brothers have been… Continue reading

A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

GM fights to retain key tax credit amid plant closing plans

WASHINGTON — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit… Continue reading

TTC union asks provincial government to step in on transition to Presto

TORONTO — The union representing transit workers in Canada’s most populous city… Continue reading

Small pot growers find roadblocks on path to microcultivation licences

Yan Boissonneault’s daughter was turning blue. Without warning, his baby had stopped… Continue reading

Most Read