The survey of over 1,900 employers across Canada reveals that 20 per cent plan to increase their staffing levels in the second quarter of 2018, while three per cent anticipate cutbacks.
Manpower's national survey results found employers in every industry sector planning to hire, with leisure and hospitality; professional and business services; and wholesale and retail trade reporting the strongest demand.
Net employment is determined by subtracting those who expect to reduce staff from those who plan to increase it.
Across the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region, workforce gains are planned in 25 of 26 countries. Hiring prospects improve by two percentage points when compared with the previous quarter, and are also two percentage points stronger when compared with this time one year ago. Meanwhile, the weakest Outlook is reported by Manufacturing sector employers, standing at +9%.
The second-quarter hiring projection is the lowest among the four North Carolina metropolitan statistical areas surveyed.
The impact of a softer outlook in the Mining & Construction sector can be seen in Queensland where hiring expectations are down three percentage points year-on-year as the state deals with an end to the frenetic pace of apartment building in Brisbane over recent years.
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The Transportation and Utilities sector (+21 percent) shows a decline over the previous quarter, but is still 7 percent higher than the outlook for 2Q, 2017. Elsewhere, a steady increase in staffing levels is expected by restaurants and hotels sector employers, with an outlook of +12%, and by employers in two sectors with Outlooks of +11% - the manufacturing sector and the transport, storage and communication sector.
Villamil, of The Washington Economics Group, said the professional and business services category added the most jobs, 56,700, to payrolls in 2017.
The Commerce Department reported the Greensboro-High Point MSA had a year-over-year net gain of 200 private-sector jobs and a loss of 400 government jobs. "Prospects for the upcoming quarter remain strong, led by exceptionally strong growth in Quebec, where employers are hiring across multiple sectors".
The report says that Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate sector have the strongest outlook (+32 percent), citing the New Southbound Policy and the foothold Taiwanese banks have made in Southeast Asian countries as a major reason for the sector's strong hiring outlook.
ManpowerGroup interviewed 58,000 employers in 43 countries and territories and noted that Croatia, where employers were surveyed for the first time, reported healthy hiring intentions based on unadjusted survey data. Hiring plans improve in 13 countries quarter-over-quarter, weaken in eight and are unchanged in four.