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Top 5 Things YPs Need to Know About the Hamilton Labour Market

Every year, Workforce Planning Hamilton asks local employers about their hiring challenges, jobs in demand, recruitment methods and more. This year, 293 employers responded and this is what they had to say:

1. 61% of employers hired recently graduated post-secondary students in 2016. The industries that hired the most post-secondary students were:

  • Healthcare and social assistance
  • Other Services (includes: Call Centres, Repair and Maintenance Services)
  • Manufacturing
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Administration and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services

2. The most common recruitment methods are online job boards and word-of-mouth

  • 70% of employers used online job boards
  • 64% of employers used word-of-mouth to recruit staff

3. The most popular competency employers look for in candidates is strong work ethic

4. The greatest number of hires in 2016 were for part-time or contract/seasonal positions

  • 41% of hires in 2016 were for contract/seasonal positions
  • 26% of hires in 2016 were for permanent part-time positions

5. The most difficult positions to fill in 2016 were:

  • Truck Drivers
  • Millwrights
  • Electricians
  • Inside Sales
  • Cooks
  • Early Childhood Educators

Workforce Planning Hamilton (WPH) is a local community planning organization that builds solutions to labour market issues by engaging stakeholders and working with partners.

To read the full EmployeOne report, visit Workforce Planning Hamilton’s website at the end of March or sign up to the newsletter to learn more about the Hamilton Labour Market.

Liz Enriquez

Liz is an adventurer, researcher and social media maven. When she isn’t researching Hamilton’s labour market, she’s fixing up her victorian home, exploring the world or hiking on the beautiful trails the city has to offer. Liz loves Hamilton and recognizes the businesses and citizens of the city on social media under Shoutouts Hamilton (Twitter. Instagram.)

Posted on March 7, 2017 in Hamilton HIVE blog

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