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Local hiring intentions slip: survey

Sep 12 2012

Hiring expectations are down in Greater Victoria, slipping six percentage points from the same period a year ago.

According to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey released Tuesday, 17 per cent of local employers plan to hire in the upcoming quarter - from October to December - while 10 per cent anticipate cutbacks. The other 73 per cent intend to maintain their current staffing levels.

That leaves the "net employment outlook" at seven per cent, a decrease from 13 per cent in the previous quarter.

The survey also found all regions in Canada reported moderate declines in their employment prospects, according to Manpower.

But it's not all bad news, said Manpower's vice president of staffing, Byrne Luft. "Most of the new jobs created in Canada this year have been full-time, high paying positions," he said. "Many of the job reductions have come from part-time employment. This movement from part-time to full-time employment is an encouraging sign."

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