TORONTO, July 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The job growth trend in Canada remains solid, as employers expect to continue to add more positions in the second half of this year. CareerBuilder.ca's latest job forecast shows that six-in-ten (61 per cent) employers plan to hire new employees between July and December, up from 58 per cent in 2010. The survey, which was conducted by Harris Interactive© from May 19 to June 8, 2011, included more than 230 hiring managers and human resource professionals.
From full-time employees to part-time and temporary workers, the number of companies hiring rose over last year:
- Hiring full-time, permanent employees – 43 per cent, up from 41 per cent in 2010
- Hiring part-time employees – 26 per cent, up from 16 per cent in 2010
- Hiring contract or temporary employees – 27 per cent, up from 24 per cent in 2010
The top functional areas for which businesses plan to hire first are those on the front lines with customers and those driving innovation:
- Information Technology - 32 per cent
- Customer Service - 30 per cent
- Administrative - 23 per cent
- Business Development - 22 per cent
- Accounting/Finance - 20 per cent
- Marketing - 17 per cent
- Sales - 13 per cent
"Over the last twelve months, Canada has added positions in a variety of industries and the trend is expected to continue at a healthy pace throughout the remainder of 2011," said Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "Our survey and listings on CareerBuilder.ca point to the resilience of the Canadian labour market as economies around the globe work to rebuild after the recession."
The competition for specialized talent is expected to heat up as employers recruit and try to retain top performers for hard-to-fill positions. Half (51 per cent) of employers are concerned that key talent will leave their organizations as the economy improves, a trend that became increasingly evident over the last six months. 30 per cent of employers reported top workers left their organization in the second quarter.
Shortage of Skilled Workers
Six-in-ten hiring managers report a shortage of skills within their organization. The area which had the greatest shortage of skilled workers was within IT skills, second was communication skills and rounding out the top three was customer service.
Two-in-five (40 per cent) employers reported they have positions for which they can't find qualified candidates.
This survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder Canada among 231 Canadian hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time; not self-employed; with at least significant involvement in hiring decisions; non-government) ages 18 and over between May 19 to June 8, 2011 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset of Canadian employers, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 231 one could say with a 95 per cent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 6.45 percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.
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