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Employers positive on hiring plans

Wednesday August 05, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
At the halfway point of the year, many Canadian employers and job seekers are feeling positive about their prospects.

According to's Midyear Job Forecast, 40 per cent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent staff over the next six months and 37 per cent plan to hire temporary or contract workers.

Meanwhile, one in five workers (22 per cent) plan to change jobs in the next 12 months.

"Despite slower-than-average job growth in the first half of 2015, many Canadian employers continue to add jobs," said Mark Bania, managing director of CareerBuilder Canada. "Employers are practicing cautious optimism. While they may not be hiring at the pace they have in previous years, they are continuing to add headcount in several areas in order to remain competitive in a slower market."

Expecting to increase salary levels

Nearly half of employers (47 per cent) expect to increase salary levels for current employees in the second half of the year. About one in five will increase salary levels by five per cent or more.

Twenty-nine per cent plan to increase starting salaries on job offers over the next six months; about one in eight employers will raise starting salaries by five per cent or more.

Customer service top recruitment area

The top functional areas where employers will be adding jobs in the second half of the year include:

  • Customer service (30 per cent of hiring managers)
  • Sales (20 per cent)
  • Production (19 per cent)
  • Information technology (12 per cent)
  • Accounting/finance (12 per cent)
  • Marketing (11 per cent)
  • Human resources (10 per cent)

Drilling down into specifics, some of the in-demand areas employers will be recruiting for include those tied to: social media; wellness; mobile technology; search or cloud technology; cyber security; content strategy for the Web and social media; the environment; managing and interpreting big data; and financial regulation.

The survey was conducted among 500 employees and 400 hiring managers in Canada. The interviews were conducted online by Redshift Research in June and July using an email invitation and an online survey. Results of any sample are subject to sampling variation. In this particular study, the chances are 95 in 100 that a survey result does not vary, plus or minus, by more than 4.4 percentage points from the result that would be obtained if interviews had been conducted with all persons in the universe represented by the sample.

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