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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

More Full Time Jobs, Not Enough Soft Skills

Regional | by Claire McCormack  

Employer One Survey results in Grey, Bruce, Huron & Perth.

While the good news is, some employers are hiring more full-time positions in Bruce, Grey, Huron and Perth counties, the bad news is many employers feel the local workforce is lacking in 'Soft Skills.'

The Four County Labour Market Planning Board's 2019 Employer One Survey results indicate employers are dissatisfied with the availability of qualified workers.

Labour planning board Executive Director Gemma Mendez-Smith says 'Soft Skills' are things like work ethic, attitude and social skills.

She says there is a disconnect between what employers want and the training that's available in the workforce.

The report also says employers have at least one hard to fill position and some are spending over a year trying to fill it.

There is some good news, Compared to last year, a higher percentage of employers reported new hires would be full-time in most occupational categories.

"We are seeing a swing back to more full time positions being open," says Mendez-Smith who says it's happening in a number of sectors including construction, agriculture and the tourism industries.

Other notable findings include:

The local unemployment rate decreased between 2017 and 2018, and was the lowest in Ontario in 2018.

Local labour force participation increased between 2017 and 2018.

More employers hired at least one person in the past year.
More employers are planning to hire at least one employee in 2019.
Employers are expanding their search for workers beyond the local region.
A higher percentage of employers were able to provide training compared to last year.

There was a higher percentage of dismissals reported compared to the year before.

To see the whole report, CLICK HERE

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