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Can Construction employers solve their skills shortage?

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

SG2016 Construction skills shortage blog graphicWhile the major construction boom we were seeing has tapered off a little, the industry remains strong and there are still a significant number of projects in progress and in the pipeline that will continue to drive business activity across Canada.

This continued activity level means skills shortages are unlikely to let up any time soon, but as the Daily Commercial News reports, many employers have decided to take matters into their own hands.

The 2016 Hays Canada Salary Guide shows that 78% of construction employers and managers believe the sector suffers from a moderate to extreme skills shortage, with one-third blaming a lack of training and development, and another third saying fewer people are entering the industry. However, more than half (54%) say training and professional development programs are part of their recruitment strategy.

Training staff and supporting career development is no longer a nice-to-have perk. It's a basic employee expectation, not to mention a critical recruitment and retention advantage.

It's encouraging to see that construction firms have decided to take the bull by the horns and attempt to resolve their own talent shortage problems.

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