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The World of Work Now - Employment Brief

Friday, March 21, 2014
The World of Work Now
Employment Brief

ManpowerGroup rated the World's Most Ethical Company for the fourth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute for its proven commitment to ethical leadership, compliance, corporate social responsibility and business practices at large.

The Canadian dollar dips below 89 cents for the first time since mid-2009 as the U.S. Federal Reserve hints at hiking short-term interest rates.

Joe Oliver has been named Canada's new Finance Minister as Jim Flaherty resigned to return to the private sector. Oliver is a former Bay Street investment banker and since being elected in 2011, served as Natural Resources Minister.

An estimated 296,000 full and part-time job vacancies were reported in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Retail, hospitality and construction are the sectors with the most job openings in Canada, each with more than 35,000 potential job openings nation-wide.

RBC predicts that the Canadian economy will grow 2.5% in 2014 and 2.7% in 2015 as export demands increase and the global economy continues to recover. The bank's predictions for 2015 are above the 2.5% growth announced for both years by the Bank of Canada and other private sector forecasts.

Experts link skill mismatch between graduates and jobs with postsecondary education institutions prioritizing enrolment and lack of up-to-date labour market data available for youth and parents to make informed career decisions. Government funding to institutions rely strongly on enrolment, but individual program funding does not necessarily correlate to labour market demands of its graduates.

Canadian exports can expect a boost of 32% due to a trade deal with South Korea. As a result of the deal, the economy is also expected to expand by $1.7 billion.

The best jobs for recent graduates are pharmacists, business analysts, and occupational therapists, according to a ranking recently published by Workopolis. However, with cashier as one of the top 10 jobs for students or entry-level workers, concerns are raised about the quality of work available to youth today.

Major banks such as RBC are expecting the loonie to continue to fall. However, Canadian exporters might benefit from the weaker loonie and a stronger U.S. economy this year.

Wholesale trade in Canada increased by 0.8% in January from December, according to Statistics Canada. Sales rose in all sectors except the motor vehicle and vehicle parts industry.

TD Canada Trust: 43% of Canadians don't take all their vacation days, 29% of which reported being too busy at work to take vacations. In 2009, workers lost the equivalent of $6-billion of income from forfeited vacation time.

According to Statistics Canada, employees in British Columbia on average earn $895 weekly. This is 4% less than the national average, and 22% less than Alberta, the highest earners in the country.

ASCESS: The Canadian Staffing Index fell 4% year-over-year to 98 in February 2014, reflecting a softer demand for temporary staffing services in Canada.

Canadian postsecondary student-to-staff ratio has been rapidly declining as the increasing cost of education outpaces the Consumer Price Index. Since 2000, the increase of cost per student was significantly greater in all three territories compared to the provinces.

Statistics Canada has announced that the number of employment insurance beneficiaries has decreased 1.9% from the previous month, the decline follows a period of relative stability in the number of EI recipients that began in May 2013.

A recent report by Scotiabank reveals that the global auto industry hit a record high in the 1st quarter of 2014 and will continue to grow significantly. Auto production in Canada will add 0.2 points to the country's growth in the 2nd quarter.

Nova Scotia launches a new immigration stream for applicants without job offers in selected occupations. Jobs eligible for the Regional Labour Market Demand Stream include various engineers, healthcare occupations, and the skilled trades.

Ontario intends to start auditing businesses to ensure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). A total of 1,700 compliance audits targeting private sectors employers are planned for 2014.

Alison Redford resigns as the premier of Alberta. Redford cites she is "not prepared to allow party and caucus infighting to get in the way of building a better future for our province and for all Albertans".

Quota for International Experience Class visas for Irish workers increased from 6,500 to 10,700. Various Canadian cities including Calgary hope to attract workers, especially in the skilled trades.