Durham should ‘bounce back’ after GM closure: Manpower


The latest Manpower Group survey shows it’s a good time to be looking for work in Durham Region.

Market Manager Neal Kearney says they expect a conservative hiring climate for the fourth quarter of 2019.

“Survey data reveals that 15 per cent of employers plan to hire for the upcoming quarter, while seven per cent anticipate cutbacks,” stated Kearney. “Another 77 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels in the upcoming quarter.”

Even with the slated closure of GM in Oshawa at the end of the year, Kearney says there is still a lot of opportunity.

“There’s manufacturing growth, there’s retail growth, there’s growth in hospitality, so there’s lots of opportunity for those people that are going to be finishing up in Oshawa at GM.”

He remains cautiously optimistic.

“The Durham Region has consistently bounced back over the years and I don’t see any reason why that won’t continue,” explained Kearney. “I expect 2020 to be a pretty strong year for jobs in the Durham Region.”