Red Deer-area employers expect a hopeful hiring climate in the first quarter of 2019, according to the latest ManpowerGroup employment outlook survey.
The survey data reveals 21 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter and two per cent anticipate cutbacks. Another 76 per cent plan to maintain their current staffing levels and the remaining one per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions.
Randy Upright, Manpower’s Alberta region CEO, said “with seasonal variations removed from the data, Red Deer’s first quarter net employment outlook of 16 per cent is a one percentage point decrease when compared to the previous quarterly outlook.
“It is also a seven percentage point increase from the outlook reported during the same time last year, indicating an upbeat hiring pace for the upcoming months,” Upright said.