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ManpowerGroup foresees pessimistic hiring climate for St. John's in early 2020

Internationally renowned human rights advocate Mark Wafer will speak at a luncheon to recognize National Accessibility Week later this month.
Internationally renowned human rights advocate Mark Wafer will speak at a luncheon to recognize National Accessibility Week later this month.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

The latest ManpowerGroup employment outlook survey shows that three per cent of employers plan to hire additional staff in the first quarter of 2020, but 17 per cent are anticipating cutbacks.

It's a 12 per cent drop compared to the outlook for the fourth quarter of 2019.

“At the beginning of 2020, prospects for Canadian job seekers — while still positive — are tightening,” said Darlene Minatel, Country Manager of ManpowerGroup Canada.

“Despite the slight decline in the national employment outlook, unemployment remains low in Canada and wages continue to rise. Clearly, it’s still a job seeker’s market.

"Employers are also grappling with widening skills gaps and are hard-pressed to find bilingual talent and those in the skilled trades. Job seekers would be well advised to seek training in these areas, while employers might consider upskilling and bridging programs to close the gap.”

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