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Employment rates on the rise in Canada

By Workplace Staff

Some 85 per cent of businesses expect to maintain or increase the size of their staffs in the next 90 days, according to recent research published by David Aplin Recruiting which polled more than 450 Canadian business leaders, hiring managers and decision makers between August 15th and August 25th.  As well, more than 75 per cent of those surveyed anticipate Canadian employment rates to improve or remain unchanged in the next 3 months.

Of those companies expecting to hire in the next 90 days, the majority of hiring is expected to take place in Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia.

What is driving this expected job creation?  Primarily, organizational business plans and market demands. Conversely, what is holding back other organizations from hiring? Diminishing sales, lack of business, overhead costs, and changing trends are all contributing factors.

“68 per cent of those companies surveyed acknowledged that they were affected by the recent recession,” says Jeff Aplin, executive vice president of David Aplin Recruiting.  “Organizations were forced to deviate from their business plans and enter into survival mode in order to survive the last year.” 

According to the survey, Canadian businesses resort to a number of strategies in order to retain employees in this economic downturn, including:

•     Reduced hours/shortened work weeks

•     Time off in lieu of overtime

•     Wage & hiring freezes

•     Work-share Programs and Agreements

•     Voluntary unpaid leaves

“In some cases, reducing overall headcount was the only means to remain viable,” Aplin says.  “The recent survey results are great news for Canadians – there are signs everywhere that business is starting to return to a more optimistic times!”

A winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies, David Aplin Recruiting is a Canadian-owned national full-service search firm with offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Mississauga, Ottawa and Halifax, plus affiliates in Montréal and the U.S.

For more on the Hiring Intentions Survey results, visit  

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