10% of London employers plan to hire this spring: survey

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A help wanted sign is posted in a store window. Charla Jones / Globe and Mail

Just days after Statistics Canada showed the unemployment rate in London-St. Thomas had inched higher for a third straight month, a new survey is suggesting a respectable second-quarter hiring climate for the region.

The latest ManpowerGroup Employment Outlook Survey suggests 10 per cent of employers in the London area plan to hire from April through June.

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“Another 83 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter,” said Tracy Rocca at Manpower’s London office.

“The remaining seven per cent are unsure of their hiring intentions.”

Overall, Manpower says Canadian job growth picked up in the first quarter of 2019, and the second-quarter outlook appears to show momentum.

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“Ontario and Quebec continue to experience a hiring surge, but many employers are still struggling to find the right candidates for open jobs,” said Manpower country manager Darlene Minatel.

More than 1,900 employers were surveyed across Canada and overall, 16 per cent planned to increase staffing levels across the country in the second quarter of 2019, while three per cent anticipated cutbacks.