Canadian Manufacturing

Canadian employers keep strong hiring practices heading into new year: ManpowerGroup Survey

The Net Employment Outlook for Canada is up 37 per cent, a 4-percentage point increase from the previous quarterly Outlook.

December 14, 2021  by CM Staff

TORONTO— According to the latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey,  Canadian employers expect a strong hiring climate to continue into the first quarter of 2022.

“As economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Canadian job seekers will see ongoing opportunities across numerous industries this coming quarter,” said Darlene Minatel, Country Manager of ManpowerGroup Canada in a company statement.

“Employers are strongly in favour of COVID-19 vaccination for employees, and express openness to remote work for some roles.”

With seasonal variations removed from the data, the Net Employment Outlook for Canada is up 37 per cent, a 4-percentage point increase from the previous quarterly Outlook and a 32 percentage point increase from the Outlook reported during the same time last year, according to the ManpowerGroup.

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The survey results also indicated that employers in all regions of the country and industry sectors surveyed expect to add to payrolls next quarter.

The company also stated that their research showed 50 per cent of more than 1000 employers across Canada plan to increase their staffing levels in the first quarter of 2022, while 14 per cent anticipate cutbacks. Meanwhile, 35 per cent of the employers surveyed expect their current staffing levels to remain unchanged. A remaining 1 per cent reported they are unsure of their hiring intentions.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

According to the ManpowerGroup report, 47 per cent of employers surveyed say they will require proof of double vaccination for all employees. Another 10 per cent of employers said they will require proof of double vaccination and a booster, and 15 per cent will require proof of vaccination for some roles, but not all.

23 per cent said they will urge employee vaccination by highlighting the benefits but not mandate it, and 6 per cent said they will offer incentives such as cash bonuses to encourage vaccination.

Only 8 per cent of employers surveyed say they have no plans to introduce a fixed policy on employee vaccination.

Location, Key Industries

The Manpower Group’s survey results indicate that most employees in production and customer-facing roles will work all or most of the time in the workplace over the next three months. Meanwhile, employees in roles such as IT, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, and Administration will work remotely at least some or all of the time.

Survey results indicated the strongest hiring intentions in the IT, Technology, Telecoms, Communications, and Media sector by 48 per cent, followed by Manufacturing at 44 per cent and Banking, Finance, Insurance and Real Estate at 43 per cent.