Job Prospects for Students and Grads-BMO Poll Reveals Half of Businesses Plan to Hire

Job Prospects for Students and Grads-BMO Poll Reveals Half of Businesses Plan 
to Hire 
- Results show breakdown for Manufacturing, Financial Services,
Construction, Retail, Agriculture  
- Job prospects for students and graduates brightest in Ontario   
- One-in-five to hire recent graduates for permanent positions, led
by the manufacturing industry 
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/29/13 -- According to a BMO
Bank of Montreal survey released today, half (51 per cent) of
Canadian businesses are planning to hire students or recent graduates
this year. 
"We've seen more companies investing in employee training and
development - in conjunction with creating long-term plans - which
will help business owners ensure they have a supply of talented
employees who are prepared to drive performance," said Steve Murphy,
Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal. 
Plans for Hiring Students and Graduates  

--  One-third (30 per cent) of employers plan to take on a paid summer
--  One-in-five (21 per cent) plan to hire a recent graduate as a permanent
--  Regionally, job prospects for students and graduates are the brightest
    in Ontario (56 per cent), followed by the Atlantic Provinces (53 per
    cent) and Quebec (52 per cent) 

Regional Breakdown 

                  Overall Atlantic Quebec Ontario Prairies  Sask Alberta  BC
Hire recent                                                                 
 graduate as                                                                
 employee             21%      11%    21%     26%      13%    8%     23% 16%
Hire recent                                                                 
 graduate as paid                                                           
 intern               18%      15%    19%     18%       7%    7%     16% 23%
Hire paid summer                                                            
 student              30%      36%    30%     34%      25%   12%     28% 24%

Mr. Murphy added that as many students are currently looking for
summer employment, it's encouraging to see so many Canadian companies
with a noticeable appetite to hire students or recent graduates.
"These organizations recognize that this group of Canadians bring a
wealth of talent and passion into the workforce." 
Hiring Differences by Sector  

--  Business/financial (37 per cent), retail (25 per cent) and construction
    (22 per cent) companies are the most likely to hire a recent graduate as
    a paid intern 
--  The service and manufacturing sectors are the most likely (35 per cent)
    to hire a paid summer student, followed by the agricultural sector (34
    per cent) 
--  Employers in the manufacturing industry are the most likely (25 per
    cent) to hire a recent graduate as a permanent employee, followed by the
    services (24 per cent) and retail and business/financial (23 per cent)

"Students and recent graduates are brimming with ideas and fresh
perspectives that add value for our customers and our business," said
Lynn Roger, Chief Talent Officer, BMO Financial Group. "When they
start their career at BMO - through a summer job or a more permanent
role - they bring ambition and excitement, and we offer opportunities
to grow in ways that are important to them, in a culture where they
can truly meet their goals." 
The report was conducted via Pollara with a sample of 500 Canadian
business owners, conducted between February 25 and March 15, 2013.
The margin of error for this survey is +/- 4.4 per cent, 19 times out
of 20. Data has been weighted by region and company size, based on a
December 2011 Statistics Canada Study, so that it is representative
of all Canadian business owners.  
About BMO Financial Group  
Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a
highly-diversified North American financial services organization.
With total assets of $542 billion as at January 31, 2013 and more
than 46,000 employees, BMO Financial Group provides a broad range of
personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment
banking products and solutions. 
Media Contacts:
Matthew Duffin, Toronto
(416) 867-3996 
Valerie Doucet, Montreal
(514) 877-8224 
Laurie Grant, Vancouver
(604) 665-7596 
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