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Survey finds 24% of employers in Canada experiencing wage inflation due to talent shortages

Toronto, ON -- Twenty-six per cent of Canadian employers are having difficulty filling permanent professional1 posi...


Toronto, ON — Twenty-six per cent of Canadian employers are having difficulty filling permanent professional1 positions (such as engineers) due to a lack of available talent, which is threatening growth plans. Twenty-four per cent of employers are paying higher wages for the same positions compared to the previous year due to professional talent shortages, according to a new Manpower Professional Survey.

Manpower, through its Manpower Professional division, surveyed nearly 32,000 employers across 26 countries and territories in July and August 2006, including 960 in Canada. The survey was conducted to determine the availability of suitable permanent professional candidates in the marketplace and the impact of available talent on wage inflation.

“Employers are telling us that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find qualified professional talent,” said Lori Rogers, vice-president of operations for Manpower Canada. “With competition for talent ever more fierce, in many cases, employers are forced to offer higher compensation to attract and retain staff.”

The survey shows that employers are most struggling to find qualified professional staff in the Atlantic region where 38% indicated that they would have hired more permanent professional staff. In Quebec 5% of employers reported that they are paying more for the same job compared to one year ago. Ontario employers reported the least difficulty finding professional staff, with only 23% reporting they would have made additional hires if suitable talent were available.

“Talent shortages for professional level positions are growing and this trend is beginning to impact the bottom line,” said Rogers. “As these trends grow stronger in the coming years, the companies with the strongest employer brands will be the big winners because they will be able to attract and retain top talent more easily than those who have been slower to adapt.”

The Canadian results compare favourably to the worldwide average, as globally, 29% of employers would have hired more permanent professional staff in the last six months if they could have found qualified professional talent, and 25% indicated that talent shortages are causing them to pay higher wages.

“These results build on the findings of Manpower’s Talent Shortage Survey undertaken earlier this year, which revealed that many of the hardest to fill positions globally were professional roles, such as accountants, IT programmers and developers, management and executives, and experienced sales representatives,” said Jeffrey A. Joerres, chairman & CEO of Manpower Inc.