Struggles continue for employers in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties at filling job vacancies.
The Four County Labour Market Planning Board recently released results from the fourth annual EmployerOne survey, with nearly 60% of employers who took part having difficulty filling at least one position in 2017.
Further, more employers reported dissatisfaction with the availability of qualified in 2017 compared to previous years.
Of those employers who struggled filling job vacancies, 29% spent over a year searching for workers.
This led to an expanded search area for employees, as a higher percentage of business respondents in the EmployerOne survey reported looking for workers outside the immediate area.
Businesses also increased efforts to reach out to Employment Ontario service providers or paid recruitment agencies to find employees.
Employers also continued to report soft skills are vital to workplace success.
Four County Labour Market Planning Board executive director Gemma Mendez-Smith says projects aimed at recruitment, retention and training are underway in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties.
"There are increasing efforts to deal with the impact of worker shortages in our region by upskilling local talent and recruiting from outside the region," Mendez-Smith says. "We continue to look at both the soft skills and the particular education that are required for current job opportunities with local employers."
Results from the EmployerOne survey can be viewed online at: www.planningboard.ca/reports/employerone-survey-observations.