TORONTO — Canadian employers expect the hiring climate to hold steady in the second quarter, dipping slightly from the previous quarter, according to an employment survey by Manpower Inc.The poll of 1,900 employers from various sectors found that 20% plan to hire workers in the three-month period from April to June.Five percent said they anticipate cutbacks to hiring, while 75% said they will keep existing staffing levels.Overall, the poll found that the net employment outlook was 12%, a small decline of one percentage point from the first quarter of 2013.Byrne Luft, vice-president of operations for Manpower Canada, says the results forecast growth in hiring rates in the public utilities and transportation, driven largely by a weakening loonie compared with the American dollar.Employers in these sectors reported the most optimistic net employment outlook of any industry, at 22%, a one% increase from the first quarter and a six% gain from the second quarter of the previous year.The survey also showed that hiring in the mining sector may have tapered off. For the second period, the outlook remained unchanged at eight%, a large drop of 13% from the same quarter in 2012.Meanwhile, labour markets in Atlantic Canada and Western Canada were expected to remain the strongest in the country for the second quarter.Luft says the results point to a need for employers to come up with a strategy to ensure that the gap between the “talent mismatch” phenomenon — where there are job vacancies but no skilled workers to fill them — does not continue to widen.“We are relying more and more on foreign recruitment and obviously other people to come to Canada. I think the ideal situation that we have people within Canada that could fill those jobs,” he said.“We need to do a better job in changing the mindset of people entering the workforce and having them explore other career options versus the one they believe, they think they should take.”Luft says this can be accomplished in a variety of ways such as reducing the stigma associated with skilled trades, employers hiring more apprentices and creating nationally-accepted credentials to reduce the need for retraining when workers relocate to another province.“We have to get in front of this. In fact we’re not in front of it, we’re well behind it,” he said. “It’s time to get up to speed here on some of the efficiencies.”Last week, Statistics Canada reported that 50,700 new jobs were created February. The majority were full-time, private sector jobs in Ontario.The numbers came as a surprise, and kept the national unemployment rate at a four-year low of 7.0%.Economists had forecasted only modest growth for February, predicting about 8,000 new jobs following an outright loss in January of 22,000 jobs.Manpower, which conducts the survey each quarter, says these latest results were from a poll taken between Jan. 17-29.
Mrs Atkins’ plea comes a week after the Government opened the National County Lines Coordination Centre with a £3.6 million investment. A minister has urged tech companies to report teenagers suspected of ferrying drugs for gangs as part of a nationwide crackdown on the problem. Victoria Atkins, the crime, safeguarding and vulnerability minister, said Uber and Airbnb must train users to identify victims of grooming who have been forced to transport drugs across along routes called county lines.In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mrs Atkins said: “Any help that major organisations like Uber can give would be very welcome. These huge companies are under quite a lot of public attention in terms of their corporate social responsibility and it would be very interesting if [they]could help us.”Exploited children are made to travel vast distances on trains and in taxis, including Uber cars. Once they reach their destination, they stay in properties rented by gangs, increasingly short-term lets and Airbnb homes.”This is not just a policing matter,” said Mrs Atkins. “We need to make people aware it’s happening so they’re alert to it. We also need the help of train operators, taxi drivers and local authorities.”–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The mother of a child who was groomed by a county lines gang welcomed the minister’s comments. “These kids are operating right under the noses of British Transport Police, on trains, in taxis and in Ubers, but no one is asking anything,” the mother, who asked to remain anonymous told the Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. There are now 1,500 lines across the UK, according to the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) latest figures. Up to 10 children could be exploited along each route.Vince O’Brien, head of drugs and firearms at the NCA, said, “We’ve seen gangs take over properties from short term lets to hotels and Airbnb. We know they use rail or rad, which includes any kind of private hire.”A spokesman for Airbnb said it worked closely with authorities in relevant investigations and to train its users. Uber declined to comment.Airbnb added: “We have zero tolerance for inappropriate or illegal activity and permanently remove bad actors from our platform.”The company last month partnered with anti-trafficking organisation Polaris to tackle issues of modern slavery within the sharing economy. It also uses behavioural analysis to identify troublesome hosts and guests from using its service.Uber declined to comment.