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Canadian Hiring Intentions Perk Up

Posted by sweens on September 1, 2009


By Ottawa Business Journal Staff

Tue, Sep 1, 2009 10:00 AM EST

Eighty-five per cent of Canadian businesses will likely maintain or increase staff sizes in the next 90 days, according to a new report by a recruiting and HR company with offices in Ottawa.

The report, by David Aplin Recruiting, polled more than 450 “business leaders, hiring managers and decision makers” in Canada and found that Ontario, Alberta and British Columbian respondents were most optimistic.

As well, more than 75 per cent of those surveyed said they anticipate overall employment rates in Canada to improve in the near future.

“Sixty-eight per cent of those companies surveyed acknowledged that they were affected by the recent recession,” said Jeff Aplin, executive vice-presiden, in a statement.

“Organizations were forced to deviate from their business plans and enter into survival mode in order to survive the last year.”

Among the methods Mr. Aplin said companies used to survive were reduced hours or shortened work weeks, time off in lieu of overtime, wage or hiring freezes, work-share programs and voluntary unpaid leaves.

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

Online at – http://www.ottawabusinessjournal.com/295319529763863.php

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