More than half of Canadian entrepreneurs intend to fill vacant job openings over next six months

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Published July 13, 2021 at 3:15 pm


With restrictions to many businesses forcing entrepreneurs to furlough or lay off employees due to the pandemic, it appears many of these jobs will soon be returning.

The latest research from Robert Half indicates 43 per cent of Canadian managers intend to add new permanent positions in the second half of 2021, while 54 per cent plan to fill vacated positions and bring back furloughed employees.

Additionally, as recruiters anticipate a boom in job openings, many businesses are putting together packages to entice workers—40 per cent are offering more paid time off, while 37 per cent are offering better job titles, and 35 per cent are offering signing bonuses.

Further, 21 per cent of recruiters would be willing to bring on qualified candidates who may not meet the desired experience level, while 21 per cent would be willing to bring in candidates who may not possess previously desired advanced degrees.

Moreover, only three per cent of recruiters said they would not be filling vacated positions or creating new ones.

“As the Canadian economy emerges from months of pandemic restrictions, hiring is top of mind for many employers, but the ability to find skilled candidates remains a challenge,” David King, Canadian senior district president of Robert Half, said in a news release.

“As job seekers grow more confident in the labour market and their career prospects, employers need to not only meet, but exceed, expectations in order to attract top talent,” he continued.

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