Skills shortage effect all industries – what can HR do?

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Have you seen 200 resumes but none with the right skills or training? You’re not alone – 66% of Canadian businesses are finding it hard to get skilled workers into key roles.

Specific industries including manufacturing, automation, and energy and utility industries are suffering more than most, the Randstad study found.

The GTA, Montreal and Calgary are having the most difficulties finding engineering talent, Randstad Canada president Jan Hein Bax said.

"The demographic shift resulting in retirements, a deepening shortfall of skilled workers and the growing mismatch between the skills needed and those available has evolved into an undeniable skills crisis," Bax said.

As well as the two-thirds struggling to find staff, another 58% said Canadian employers are experiencing problems finding highly qualified people and 55% expect a shortage within three years.

But the skills shortage is a real issue not just in Canada but all over the world. According to the Workmonitor survey results, globally, almost 60 per cent of respondents say employers have difficulties finding the right person for the job. Especially in Brazil, where 71% of employers reportedly have difficulties finding the right talent.

Worldwide, a focus on apprenticeships and scholarships to encourage young people to join industries with shortages would help prevent the skills gap worsening. The best option for employers was to invest in their workforce, encouraging continuous learning and cultivating internal talent, Bax said.


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