The Globe and Mail reported, “Employment rose for the second consecutive month in January, with a gain of 69,000. January’s employment increase was evenly split between full and part time. Compared with the same month a year earlier, part-time employment grew by 2.8% (+91,000), while full time increased by 1.7% (+236,000).
Increases in employment in January occurred in business, building and other support services; public administration; and agriculture. Employment gains in January were spread across six provinces: Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and Prince
Edward Island. In January, employment gains were shared among private sector employees, public sector employees and the self-employed.”
For almost a year now, I have been sounding the warning bells to clients and the media across Canada that we are entering another period where the demand for skilled labour will be greater than the supply. Adding to the the battle for talent is the forth coming massive retirement of baby boomers. Organizations we need to do a better job of retaining talent, building their employor “brand”, while finding smarter ways to engage passive job seekers. There will also be huge demand for practicial succession planning strategies that can be easliy implemented into organizations.
I find it quite telling that over the next three months I will be speaking across Canada, in the US, Northern and Eastern Europe, Asia and Austraila on these issues.