Fewer Canadian companies expecting to hire: survey

Numbers of new jobs for workers slipped slightly in Q4

The number of Canadian companies expecting to hire more workers slipped marginally in the fourth quarter, according to a new Manpower Employment Survey, conducted as part of larger poll undertaken by Manpower Inc. The survey found that 21 per cent of Canadian firms surveyed said they planned to boost payrolls in the last three months of 2010. This new figure represented a slight drop from 2010’s third quarter, when 22 per cent of the 1,900 employers surveyed said they expected to increase their workforce. Meanwhile, just seven per cent of employers said they planned to shave their payrolls in the period, but this also represented a rise from six per cent in the third quarter.