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The World of Work Now - Employment Brief


Thursday, January 23, 2014
The World of Work Now Employment Brief

Unemployment Rate across Canada, December 2013

Prince Edward Island 11.5% Newfoundland and Labrador 10.8% New Brunswick 9.7% Nova Scotia 9.2% Ontario 7.9% Quebec 7.7% CANADA 7.2% British Columbia 6.6% Manitoba 5.5% Alberta 4.8% Saskatchewan 3.9%


The World Economic Forum 2014 warns that the single biggest risk around the world in 2014 is an ever-increasing income disparity, and a "lost" generation of youth entering the workforce this decade lacking jobs and skills.

The Canadian job market lost 46,000 jobs in the last month increasing the unemployment rate to 7.2% from 6.9%.

61% of Canadian companies are planning to hire contract or temporary workers within the next 12 months and 45% plan to shift some temporary workers to full-time staff.

Canada's Industry Minister sees C$ range as relatively stable
Canada's industry minister feels that the CAD$ is steady and "is not worried about the currency's week-long slide to four-year low". Minister Flaherty added that "with the dollar in the 90's somewhere, it is good for manufacturing and we can still travel reasonably".

High-skilled workers can smile as 33% of employers plan to raise salaries for those positions.

Workers can expect a rise in wages as employers plan to increase compensation for both current and starting employees up to 3%.

Full-time hiring is expected to grow in 2014
Most notably in customer service by 38% and information technology 37%, followed by research and development 31% and sales 30%.

Skilled trades talent shortage in British Columbia attracts welders and pipefitters from the Philippines to build 10 new non-combat ships for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Canadian manufacturing sector poised for growth
More manufacturers are hiring and adding new lines of business compared to last year. Over one-third will hire through staffing agencies, according to PLANT Magazine's Manufacturers' Outlook 2014.

Building the super employee
55% of employers are looking to invest in training employees to fill skills gaps instead of waiting for the ideal candidate, and 36% are sending current employees back to school and covering some or all of the cost.

Canada Job Grant Program under fire with the Provinces
Provincial governments are concerned over federal government plan to fund Canada job grant through cuts to existing labour market programs. Minister Jason Kenney is committed to striking a deal and has proposed raising Ottawa's contribution.

Calgary's real estate market dependent on the energy sector
Homes most accessible to buyers' workplace are the most sought after, according to the Canadian Real Estate Board.

Skilled Trades Study
In a study completed by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) and Skills Canada, only 32% of high school students said they would consider a career in skilled trades.

Skill shortage in the mining industry expected over the 3 years
The Mining Association of Canada says a shortage of 60,000 to 90,000 skilled workers can be expected.

Jobs for Ontarians: a $2.1M contract was awarded by the Ontario government to LH North General Contractors Limited to repair the Medcalf Lake Narrows Bridge on Highway 599 near Pickle Lake, a project beginning in Spring 2014.

Ten apprenticeship programs in the Atlantic provinces streamlined
Bricklayers, cooks, instrumentation and control technicians, and construction electricians will be first to benefit from the simplification within the next four years.

In 2013, WestJet hired 200 new employees and they will hire more in 2014 as a part of the expansion of their Encore regional service to Central and Eastern Canada, and Europe.

Sears cutting over 1,600 jobs across Canada
1,345 call centre positions to be outsourced around the world while 283 warehouse jobs will be eliminated.