Employers More Optimistic About Wage Increases

40% Predict Rising Wages

Only 1% See Wages Declining

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 22, 2017) - Express Employment Professionals released new survey results today revealing employers' predictions for wage growth throughout the next three months.

In a survey of 1,951 businesses, respondents were asked, "Over the next three months, do you expect wages in your market to increase, decrease, or stay the same?"

Forty per cent predicted wages would increase, with 59 per cent saying they would stay the same. Only 1 per cent believe wages will decrease.

To view the graphic associated with this release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/222eep_40p.jpg

This is the highest percentage of respondents in the past year predicting an increase based on quarterly surveys conducted by Express.

"Too many working families have gone too long without seeing rising wages, so this is welcome news and a trend we hope continues," said Bob Funk, CEO and chairman of the board of Express. "The best way to grow wages for everyone is to have robust economic growth. Clearly, there are still many areas of North America where wages are stagnant and we have a way to go on the growth front. But this survey, coupled with the increased optimism and other positive wage trend lines, indicates better days may be ahead."

The survey of 1,951 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, covers hiring trends for the first quarter of 2017.

If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Kellie Major at (613) 222-7488.

About Robert A. Funk

Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than 6 million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.

About Express Employment Professionals and Express in Canada

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.05 billion in sales and employed nearly 510,000 people in 2016. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually. Express launched in Canada in July 1996, with a franchise in London, Ontario, and since then, has expanded and grown across Canada significantly. There are currently 37 Express franchises in Canada - six in British Columbia, five in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, 23 in Ontario and one in Nova Scotia.

Contact Information:

Media Contacts:
Kellie Major

Sherry Kast