A small percentage of Hamilton area employers are expected to hire new staff for the Christmas shopping season.
The latest survey from Manpower says 13 per cent of local employers plan to hire during the October to December period.
7 per cent are anticipating cutbacks over the same time frame.
The survey shows 77 per cent of employers plan to maintain their current staffing levels, while three per cent are unsure about their hiring intentions.
Nationally, 16 per cent of employers plan to increase their payrolls in the fourth quarter of 2013.