Skilled trade jobs go begging in Canada

Skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill, followed by sales representatives and drivers: ManpowerGroup survey

Skilled trade jobs go begging in CanadaA new report by ManpowerGroup finds that 41 per cent of Canadian employers say they can’t find the skilled people they need to fill jobs. “We continue to see increasing demand for skilled workers across all sectors of the Canadian economy from trades and transport to sales,” said Darlene Minatel, country manager of ManpowerGroup Canada.…

The upcoming human capital revolution

Despite fears about artificial intelligence taking jobs, people, ideas and innovation will grow in importance as the century unfolds

The upcoming human capital revolutionThe 21st century is going to be very different. If you're in business, a knowledgeable and skilled workforce will be essential. Despite the fears about artificial intelligence taking jobs, people, ideas and innovation are becoming more important as the century advances, not less. It’s now obvious that we live in a largely digital, technology-driven knowledge…

Jobs and careers in the ‘fourth industrial revolution’

The fourth industrial revolution will have the greatest impact on routine tasks. A flexible, well-educated and suitably trained workforce will be critical

Jobs and careers in the ‘fourth industrial revolution’By Jock Finlayson and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of B.C. The work world is being transformed by rapidly evolving digital technologies as we march into what many are calling the “fourth industrial revolution.” With disruptive technologies pushing the frontiers of automation, some of the comparative advantages humans traditionally have enjoyed relative to technology are eroding. Computers…

Too many oil and gas opportunities left on the table

Tim McMillan of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers talks about the need to attract investment, spur innovation and grow jobs

Too many oil and gas opportunities left on the tableTim McMillan is president and CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Calgary’s Business: How would you describe the state of the oil and gas industry right now? McMillan: We’re at a crucial point in Canada right now. Oil prices have recovered but the Canadian industry is not rebounding as fast as other oil…

Canadian job vacancy rate reaches new heights

Ontario led the country with 154,600 unfilled jobs, followed by Quebec at 109,600 and BC at 62,200. Alberta’s had 37,500 unfilled jobs

Canadian job vacancy rate reaches new heightsThe job vacancy rate in Canada is the highest it’s ever been, according to a new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. The organization’s Help Wanted report, which was released on Thursday, said an estimated 397,400 jobs have sat vacant across Canada for at least four months and the job vacancy rate was…

Feds aim to reduce unemployment rate for recent graduates

1,200 graduates across Canada will have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Skills for Youth program

Feds aim to reduce unemployment rate for recent graduatesThe University of Calgary is among the participating organizations and small businesses across Canada that will be offering paid internships to under-employed post-secondary graduates over the course of the next two years. The federal government announced Friday that 1,200 graduates across Canada will have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Skills for Youth program.…

Learning to adapt to the growing gig economy

The labour market is changing. creating opportunity and putting pressure on business and government to adapt

Learning to adapt to the growing gig economyThe rise of the gig or sharing economy is one of the most visible trends shaping the contemporary labour market. Most gig jobs fall into the category of contingent work. Such work can be contrasted with a traditional job, in which a person has a durable and structured employment relationship with a specific employer. Today,…

Help Alberta’s workers by cutting corporate taxes

Lowering corporate taxes means massive increase in business investment, higher wages for workers, lower prices for consumers

Help Alberta’s workers by cutting corporate taxesThis is a tale of two very different Alberta budgets and a lesson on the impact of corporate tax rates. In 2001, the Progressive Conservative government aggressively attacked the province’s corporate tax burden. “Alberta should respond to the worldwide trend to lower corporate income tax rates,” the budget document noted. “If we don’t, we risk…

Why the workforce gender gap matters to business

Reducing barriers to adding women to the workforce in Canada could add $150 billion to $420 billion in GDP over 10 years

Why the workforce gender gap matters to businessBy Denise Mullen and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of British Columbia In British Columbia and Canada more broadly, the proportion of females aged 15 and over who participate in the labour force remains nine percentage points below that of males. And it has stayed this way since the early 1990s. Why does this matter? Sometimes,…

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workers

Automation is taking over the workplace. That means our education system must adapt. So must the students seeking marketable skills

The rise of steel collar workers, the end of blue collar workersMy bank machine just wished me a happy birthday. It wasn’t the exact day but it asked me: Did you think we would forget that your birthday is this month? This struck me as just one more example of automation taking over what people used to do. No biological being had yet wished me a…

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by poverty

Social assistance programs in Canada are falling behind. It's time we expanded basic coverage to include drug and dental care

How to remedy poor health outcomes created by povertyBy Arjumand Siddiqi and Odmaa Sod-Erdene EvidenceNetwork.ca Public health researchers have long known that poverty and poor health are linked, but new evidence suggests that social assistance – the government system designed to provide those in poverty with income support – is not succeeding at protecting health.  Using data from national government surveys, we studied the…

How the Canadian oil and gas workforce is changing

Alberta has an abundance of job vacancies to be filled by new graduates and seasoned professionals with the will to adapt

How the Canadian oil and gas workforce is changingNot too many years ago, Alberta’s economy was stable with an abundance of work. But as the oil and gas economy declined in 2014, industry-related work changed in Fort McMurray, Edmonton, Calgary and elsewhere. Trade workers from Eastern Canada moved back home, impacting real estate sales and rental vacancies. Doubt about the provincial economy settled…

Young, educated Indigenous talent is ready

Canadians are retiring in unprecedented numbers and young couples are having fewer babies. Here's how we can fill the workforce gaps

Young, educated Indigenous talent is readyBy Jock Finlayson and Kristine St.-Laurent Business Council of B.C. The latest Canadian census revealed three major population trends: we’re having fewer babies, progressively more baby boomers are transitioning into retirement and most people are living longer. Together, these trends point towards a population that’s greying faster than at any time in Canadian history. Overall, it’s a good…

Money key driver in people changing jobs

OfficeTeam survey says workers also move because they're bored, don’t feel appreciated or seek a stronger mission

Money key driver in people changing jobsShow me the money. When it comes to leaving jobs, money does indeed talk. A survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam found that 43 per cent of Canadian workers would move on to greener pastures for more money – 45 per cent of men compared with 39 per cent of women. "Professionals want to be rewarded and recognized…

Alberta unemployment rate inches up as more people seek work

But 2000 more positions were created in Alberta in June, to a total of 33,600 year-over-year

Alberta unemployment rate inches up as more people seek workAlberta’s unemployment rate jumped to 6.5 per cent in June, according to Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Friday that the rate was up from 6.2 per cent the previous month. However, the number of jobs in the province moved in a positive direction as 2000 positions were created month-over-month and 33,600 year-over-year. Nationally,…
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