Area employers indicate a stable core workforce, relatively positive hiring outlook and some gaps when it comes to labour supply.
For Immediate Release: 11:00am February 25, 2014 The second annual Employer One Survey ran from January 2-31. The survey collects information from employers on a range of labour issues including turnover, recruitment methods, plans to hire, skills and education requirements. The survey was conducted by the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board in partnership with 29 other organizations.
This year 155 employers completed the survey while an additional 109 employers provided some responses but did not complete the full survey.
Employers who responded to the survey mirrored the industrial composition of the London Economic Region (incl. Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford counties). Employers at all stages of the business cycle were represented with the vast majority of responses coming from businesses that were in either the ‘Established’ (74%) or ‘Growth’(22%) stage.
Employers responding indicated that their current workforce was primarily permanent full-time (81.4%) or permanent part-time (11.2%). The demographic breakdown of workers showed 9.8% were under 25 years and 1.4% were 65 years and older. Many employers were able to support training for their current workforce by funding it completely or partially. Employers also offered flexibility to employees in order for them to attend training and skills upgrading.
Looking forward, a large majority of employers responded that they will be looking to hire over the next 12 months. Expansion or restructuring accounted for almost half of all planned hires and retirement accounted for about 20%. Production and service workers were the largest number of planned new hires followed by professionals. According to survey results, employers continue to use informal networks/word-of-mouth as their primary method of recruitment followed by online job boards and the company’s own website. In terms of areas of recruitment, employers were looking to fill 80% of positions from within the London Economic Region, 14% within the province and the remaining 6% nationally and internationally.
Survey respondents indicated a generally stable core workforce, as well as, plans to grow. Barriers that continue to hamper employers are awareness of training support programs for their current workforce or applicants for employment not meeting the skills, experience or personal attributes required.
There continues to be a number of hard-to-fill positions for employers. Survey respondents identified a wide range of positions they had difficulty filling which included: early childhood educators, registered nurses, truck drivers, tourism related positions and occupations in the health care field.
Second annual edition of the survey conducted online throughout the month of January
Created with input from a variety of stakeholders representing business, government, education and health
Targets employers of all sizes and industries in Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford and the City of London
155 completed surveys and 109 partial responses
More detailed information and analysis will be available on www.worktrends.ca which will be live on March 5
"This survey supports the message we are hearing from many London companies that are looking to expand and hire more workers. We need to equip jobseekers with networking skills as well as identify new opportunities for skills development with our employers"
Kapil Lakhotia, General Manager, London Economic Development Corporation
For more information
Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board