July 18, 2016
North Superior Workforce Planning Board (NSWPB) annually undertakes an analysis of various indicators of the local labour market. NSWPB participates in formal and informal consultations with a broad spectrum of community stakeholders to validate the statistical analysis of local data and to collect anecdotal evidence from the stakeholder’s perspective to gain insight into their realities of the labour market. Here is a snapshot of the 2015 EmployerOne Survey results:
- EmployerOne respondents represented business across a range of industries and employees across various occupation types
- Employers indicated that 53% of their workforce are full-time workers, while 74% of their employees were between the ages of 25 and 55 years old
- Two main reasons employees separated from their jobs were due to quitting and retirements
- 70 % of employers plan on hiring in the next 12 months anticipating large sources of these job openings to be a result of expansion/restructuring and retirements
- Hiring challenges among employers can be largely attributed to a skills shortage (i.e., applicants who do not meet skills, work experience and educational requirements) or a lack of labour force participation (i.e., not enough applicants and applicants who do not meet motivation, attitude or interpersonal skill requirements)
- 63% of respondents felt the availability of qualified workers was either ‘Fair’ or ‘Poor'
- Majority of employers use online job boards/postings and word of mouth to recruit employees
- The top competencies required for current employees include work ethic, dedication and dependability; communication skills (both oral and written); and self-motivation.
- 85% of employers provide or support ongoing training and educational opportunities for their employees
Roughly a quarter of respondents suggested that a lack of qualified job candidates was the most important work force issue they face.
To view the full report please go to the Research & Report page.