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If there is a skill shortage, why isn't unemployment lower?

Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016

Blog April 12 2015Canada has more than a million unemployed people, but employers, especially in construction, IT and resources and mining, still struggle to find the skills they need to fill vital roles. Depending on the region and industry, estimators, software developers or skills tradespeople might be choosing between multiple job offers and negotiating for a better contract, while other skilled Canadians can take months to find the right position. 

Where is this skill mismatch coming from and what can companies, government agencies and individuals do to reverse the trend?

Surprisingly, more than a third of Canadian employers say they are responsible for solving the skill shortage. To do this, companies need to ensure they are creating a talent pipeline, hiring and training junior or entry-level employees to take on future leadership positions. 

Employers, educational institutions and the government also need to collaborate to ensure that young Canadians are getting the right advice about demand in the market and what type of training or education would be most helpful for their careers in the long term. 

For individuals looking at their career options, consider your resume from the point of view of an employer. Do you have the experience and credentials that are in demand? Consider further education if you know it will increase your possible career paths. Finding a mentor can be a great tool for progressing in your career. Hays’ DNA series finds that most VPs and other senior leaders had a mentor during key points in their career.

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Talk to Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on the Canadian labour market.

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