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Posted by Jackie Burns, Hays Canada Vice-President, on Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015
More than half of resource and mining employers say productivity is affected by talent shortages, and respondents are more optimistic about next year with 88 per cent expecting increased or stable business activity.
How can companies address those shortages to make the most of growth opportunities in 2015?
Resource and mining companies need to tap into networks of passive candidates within Canadian and international markets to find qualified candidates. Compared with the overall Canadian results, more resource and mining respondents report candidates turning down job offers due to relocation. That could include candidates in Ontario or eastern Canada being sought in Alberta and British Columbia, or international candidates considering the move to Canada.
Relocation packages are increasingly common, in part as a response to this hesitancy to move. Moving a family goes beyond just paying for plane tickets. On-site resources such as help finding housing, schools, stores and other necessities can make a move less disruptive. Employers should work to provide flexibility in relocation packages and tailor to each individual’s needs whether that includes moving a pet or putting employees in touch with a family doctor before they move.