More Canadian employers seen hiring in 2013 1st qtr -Manpower

Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:00am EST
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* Net 13 pct of employers plan to add new jobs in 1st qtr

* Mining only sector with fewer firms planning to hire

* Transportation and public utility most bullish at 21 pct

* More than 300,000 jobs unfilled due to "talent mismatch"

By Solarina Ho

TORONTO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canadian employers have a brighter outlook for adding jobs in the new year, with transportation and public utility companies the most bullish, but a cautious mood on the economy still prevails, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

In a quarterly survey of more than 1,900 Canadian employers by staffing firm Manpower Inc, a net 13 percent expected to add new jobs in the first quarter of 2013.

The seasonally adjusted figure is up from 11 percent in the previous quarter, but marginally less than 14 percent a year ago.

"The mood out there is they're cautious. They're not necessarily optimistic," said Byrne Luft, a vice president with Manpower Canada, a unit of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based staff provider.   Continued...