Our monthly review of the companies that have hired and fired labour during the month of September.
1. The Quebec government wants to hire 1,000 people in the IT field with the intention of reducing its dependence on the private sector workforce, which costs the province $1 billion annually.
2. The video game studio Ludia will have 100 new employees added to its roster over the next two years in order to support its growth prospects. The Montreal company specializing in mobile video games currently counts 300 employees.
3. Axion Technology has created 20 permanent jobs in the Kamouraska region to meet the requirements of two new international contracts. Positions in software design, mechanical engineering and electronics are being filled.
4. The customer service provider Nordia Inc., supported by Opportunities NB, will add a total of 405 jobs for the complete operation of its business in New Brunswick. Across the country, the firm whose head office is located in Laval, already employs over 4,100 Canadians.
5. Olympus, operating in the high tech industry and specializing in optics, will create 100 new jobs in Quebec over the next five years. The Japanese giant will move its offices in Lévis and its manufacturing plant in the Quebec High Tech Park into a new LEED Innovation Space in Michelet, establishing at the same time its largest international offices in America North.
1. The discount giant Groupon will reduce its workforce by nearly 10% in a new effort to reduce its international operations and focus on high-potential markets. Over 1,100 jobs will be lost worldwide in addition to those already cut due to the company's office closures in seven territories (Morocco, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, Thailand and Uruguay).
2. Over 20 employees will be laid off by Meteomedia, owned by Pelmorex Media, on January 15. Fifteen Quebec employees will be relocated to a more centralized control center in Oakville, Ontario, which is operated by The Weather Network. These structural changes are in response to recent pressures on traditional media.
3. Quebec diplomacy continues to lose ground internationally as a quarter of officials have been laid off in various divisions around the globe. In total, 50 positions have been abolished in addition to the 144 that have already disappeared in the last eight years.
4. The paper giant Resolute Forest Products will cut 90 to 150 jobs in its Baie-Comeau plant as to remain competitive in a shrinking market.
5. Many are those who have expected it, and it has now happened: the ax has just fallen on LaPresse, which saw 158 jobs disappear. It was recently announced that the daily newspaper would be cutting its weekday edition.