Most businesses report having difficulty filling jobs

Survey released by Express Employment Professionals says employers are forced to be quicker with hiring decisions

Express Employment Professionals has released the results of a survey revealing the difficult time businesses are having filling jobs—and the reasons for that difficulty.

In a survey of 533 businesses, respondents were asked, “How easy is it for you to recruit and fill positions?”

Almost one quarter, 24 percent, said “very difficult,” and another 46 percent said “somewhat difficult.” In total, 70 percent reported some level of difficulty, the highest percentage since the last quarter of 2016.

In contrast, 25 percent said “somewhat easy,” while just 4 percent said, “very easy.”

“As it becomes harder to fill vacant jobs in our community, companies have been forced to become more flexible with compensation, as well as make faster hiring decisions, because good candidates do not stay on the market for long,” said Bruce Hein, franchise owner of the Sarnia Express office.

Respondents were also asked for the “primary reason that your open jobs are not filled.”

Almost one third, 32 percent, blamed the “lack of available applicants,” while 30 percent said the “lack of applicants with experience.” This is a slight shift from the previous three quarters of the survey when “experience” ranked higher than “available applicants.”

Other top responses included “I have all my positions filled” (20 percent); “lack of applicants with hard skills” (18 percent); “lack of applicants with soft skills” (13 percent); and “company’s geographic location” (13 percent).

The survey of 533 businesses, which are current and former clients of Express Employment Professionals, was conducted in June 2017 as part of the Canada Employed campaign to gauge respondents’ expectations for the third quarter of 2017. Previous surveys were conducted to cover hiring trends of the quarters indicated.

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