1,900 employers are consulted as part of this survey, and 21 per cent of them said they plan to add to their staffing numbers over the next few months while only five per cent said they expect cutbacks.
The results of the survey also show which industries are planning to hire between now and June of this year. Here’s how it breaks down:
Mining – 21%
Transportation and public utilities – 16%
Construction – 15%
Services – 15%
Wholesale & retail trade – 15%
Manufacturing, durables – 13%
Manufacturing, non-durables – 13%
Finance, insurance and real estate – 10%
Education – 8%
Public administration – 6%
Retail jobs aren’t typically on a big growth spurt at this time of year, but the numbers are getting bumped up due to Target’s expansion into Canada, the survey authors note.
Broken down by region, it looks like the Western provinces might come out on top of this hiring spree, largely bolstered by the construction industry. Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and Ontario, however, are not far behind.
What do you think about surveys like this? Do the results reassure you about job prospects?