Delta and Richmond area employers are expecting a solid hiring climate for the first quarter of 2013, according to the latest Manpower Employment Outlook survey.
The survey data shows that 27 per cent of employers plan to hire for the coming quarter, while another 67 per cent plan to maintain current staffing levels. Six per cent of employers were unsure of hiring intentions for the coming quarter however none anticipate any cutbacks.
"With seasonal variations removed from the data, Richmond-Delta's first quarter net employment outlook of 27 per cent is a moderate increase when compared to the previous quarterly outlook of 20 per cent," said Jeff Polkinghorne of Manpower's Vancouver office.
"It is also a seven percentage point increase from the outlook reported during the same time last year indicating an active hiring climate for the upcoming months."
A South Delta company was voted one of the top 10 best in the province as part of the Small Business B.C. Successful You Awards contest.
505-Junk, a Tsawwassen-based junk removal and recycling business, is now a finalist for the Best Community Impact Award, which recognizes businesses that demonstrate that demonstrate a positive impact and positive action to invest in the community in which they operate. 505Junk makes an effort to consistently donate lightly used goods to charity and recently partnered with the Salvation Army of Canada to recycle its unwanted mattresses and is looking at future advancements to store reusable goods and donate them to various Salvation Army Thrift Stores throughout Greater Vancouver communities.
The Successful You Award winners will be announced in February. ***
Award-winning Ladner photographer Greg Schurman of Richmond-based Schurman
Photography, was recently awarded the contract to photograph more than 30 years of history for the IKEA Canada service awards.
After over five days of shooting sessions to accommodate all the different shifts, the project was a complete success, Schurman said.
"Everybody was pretty excited to see the results as it turned into more of a fashion shoot than just a headshot of each employee."
The wall of fame was completed in early December.
The latest Business Barometer from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business
shows that B.C.'s small business confident fell slightly over the holiday season.
Small business confidence in the province dropped to 65 in December, which is down from 67.1 in November but still above October's 64.7.
The Canadian average remained virtually unchanged at 62.6.
B.C. fell back from third to fourth place nationally in terms of small business confidence, behind Newfoundland & Labrador, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
When asked to characterize the current state of their business, 33 per cent of respondents answered "good" versus 55 per cent who replied "satisfactory" and only 12 per cent responded with "bad."