A recent report published by the Canadian Press reveals that Canadian employers are ready to hire with no job skills or relevant experience. It is an impact of the ongoing labour shortage. Below is report’s findings on how employers will hire candidates in future.
According to the report, experience and education, which were once essential for many occupations, are losing significance as a result of the labour crisis.
The report findings are based on data collected through an online survey of 1000 employers across Canada. In addition, Censuswide surveyed on behalf of the job-posting website Indeed in May 2022.
- This article contains:
- Overview of the report’s findings
- Canadian Employers to change hiring practices to overcome labour shortage
- Future expectations to hire candidates
Overview of the report’s findings
According to the survey, 77% of Canadian employers believe it is more valuable to hire candidates based on their “soft” interpersonal skills and willingness to learn than job-required “hard” skills.
Additionally, the survey shows that four out of five employers would consider employing candidates who lacked a degree or certification. Employers are willing to provide on-the-job training even though candidate’s degree is not pertinent to the position.
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Furthermore, polls suggest employers are willing to forego the requirement for relevant experience considering the difficulty of finding qualified individuals.
Director of Indeed Canada, Michelle Slater, also emphasized the ongoing labour crisis. “We are quite honestly facing one of the tightest labour markets we’ve ever had,” said Slater. “There is a definite labour shortage,” she added.
In addition, Statistics Canada revealed earlier this month that the unemployed rate in Canada decreased to 4.9% in May. As far as comparable data goes, unemployment rates have been the lowest since 1976.
Moreover, strong pandemic recovery and shifting demographics are the main drivers of the tightening labour market.
“An ageing population and rapidly growing economy has meant the pool of skilled workers that’s available is pretty low,” Slater said. “Employers are having to be much more creative.”
Canadian Employers to change hiring practices to overcome labour shortage
The goal of surveying Canadian employers was to find what they are doing to fill the labour gaps, explained Slater.
The poll suggests employers are more willing to hire candidates based on their soft skills, such as communication, adaptability and attention to detail, rather than hard skills such as technical training or knowledge.
“Canadian employers care more deeply about what the person can contribute to the team in terms of their attitudes versus what skills they have that they’re bringing into the role,” Slater said.
Future expectations to hire candidates
The results present positive findings for young individuals who have finished school or are beginning their first job. In addition, it also encourages older professionals who are changing careers.
As a result, individuals without hard skills still have an opportunity to get their dream job.
All industries are experiencing a labour shortage, but according to the data, project management, engineering, software development, and coding abilities are the hardest jobs to fill with qualified individuals.
According to the professional body for the polling sector, the Canadian Research Insights Council, online surveys can not be deemed a margin of error. It is because they do not randomly sample the population.