EmployerOne

EmployerOne Survey

EmployerOne is an annual local survey of employers which tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues in Grand Erie.

The next EmployerOne survey will open in January. It will be the 5th year the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie and over two dozen community partners have conducted the local survey.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116. Or email: admin@workforceplanningboard.org to ensure you receive your invite to participate.

2017 EmployerOne overall results released.

The 4th annual EmployerOne survey was the most successful yet, with 364 employers in the Grand Erie are participating.

The strong participation from local employers has given our community valuable insights into the area’s labour market – insights we can’t get anywhere else.

On the positive side, employers are investing their human and financial resources to grow their businesses. A majority hired in 2016 and planned to hire in 2017, largely fuelled by expansion. A majority of firms also invest in training for their staff.

Phoot os 2017 report on EmployerOne survey findingsOn a less positive note, employers continue to face challenges filling job openings, with the No. 1 reason being not attracting enough applicants. Local employers are also reporting a high number of quits, which make up more than half of all separations.

Here are some highlights from 2017’s EmployerOne survey:

  • 364 Grand Erie employers participated in the survey;
  • 77% of those employers hired in 2016;
  • 64% of those said they planned to hire in 2017;
  • 39% of employers who participated had a hard-to-fill job, with the No. 1 cited reason being “not enough applicants”;
  • 56% of employers experienced a separation in 2016, with 52% of all separations involving staff quitting;
  • Word of mouth remains the No. 1 method used by employers to recruit staff, but Social Media has moved up to be No. 3;
  • Employers continue to look for a mix of soft skills and technical skills when they hire.
  • 3 out of 4 employers support ongoing training and education for their staff.

Click on the photo to see the full 4-page report.

The EmployerOne survey, which takes place each January, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116.


2017 EmployerOne Spotlight on Manufacturing

Manufacturing remains the largest employer in the Grand Erie region and many companies are continuing to expand.

Sixty-six manufacturers participated in the 2017 EmployerOne survey.

Nine in 10 firms planned to hire in 2017, while 4 of 5 hired in 2016.

Photo of 2017 EmployerOne report on ManufacturingHere’s some other findings:

  • 92% of employees working at firms were permanent full-time;
  • 60% of employees are between 25 and 55 in age, the core-age working group;
  • 60 companies reported hiring 1,384 people in 2016, while 47 firms had 885 separations;
  • 63% of all separations were quits, followed by 24% due to dismissals and 8% due to layoffs;
  • 1 in 2 firms reported they had a hard-to-fill job, with the No. 1 reason being that applicants lacked motivation, good attitude or people skills;
  • Online job boards and postings is the No. 1 method used by manufacturers to recruit new staff, followed by word of mouth.

To view or download the 2-page report on Manufacturing, click on the photo.

The EmployerOne survey, conducted for the last 4 years, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

364 employers in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and New Credit completed the survey.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116.


2017 EmployerOne Spotlight on Retail

Retail is Grand Erie’s second largest sector, with most businesses being small businesses.

Forty retailers participated in the 2017 EmployerOne survey.

Seven in 10 firms hired in 2016, but only half of the 40 businesses planned to hire in 2017.

Photo of 2017 EmployerOne Retail reportHere’s some other findings:

  • 41% of employees working at participating retailers are full time and 37% are part time;
  • 60% of employees are either under 25 or over 55 years of age.
  • 1 in 4 firms reported difficulty finding salespeople with strong customer service experience and worth ethic;
  • Word of mouth is the No. 1 method used by retailers to recruit new staff, followed by online job boards

To view or download the 2-page report on Retail, click on the photo.

The EmployerOne survey, conducted for the last 4 years, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

364 employers in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and New Credit completed the survey.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116.


2017 EmployerOne Spotlight on Health Care

Businesses in Health and Social Services make up the third largest sector for employment in Grand Erie.

Thirty-eight employers in this sector participated in the 2017 EmployerOne survey.

Nine in 10 firms hired in 2016, while 7 in 10 planned to hire in 2017.

Photo of 2017 EmployerOne Spotlight on health careHere’s some other findings:

  • 94% of employees working in health care & social service are permanent;
  • 44% of employees are permanent part-time, and 5% of staff are on contract;
  • 16% of employees are over 55 years of age, and 11% are 25 years of age or less;
  • Almost all (96%) of employers support ongoing training for staff, with 75% providing funding;
  • 30% of hires in 2016 were recent post-secondary graduates.

To view or download the 2-page report on Health Care, click on the photo.

The EmployerOne survey, conducted for the last 4 years, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

364 employers in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and New Credit completed the survey.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116.


2017 EmployerOne Spotlight on Agriculture

Agricultural businesses are key to Grand Erie’s rural economy, especially in Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant counties.

Thirty-four employers in this sector participated in the 2017 EmployerOne survey.

More than 8 in 10 firms hired in 2016, while 7 in 10 planned to hire in 2017.

Photo of 2017 EmployerOne Spotlight on AgricultureHere’s some other findings:

  • 35% of participating employers reported they had a hard-to-fill job in 2016, which was up 14% from the previous year’s survey;
  • 67% of employees were considered seasonal, while 26% were either permanent full time or part time;
  • 90% of separations were layoffs due to the seasonal nature of agricultural work;
  • 1 in 3 employers reported a shortage of skilled agricultural workers and equipment operators;
  • Apprenticeships are uncommon in agriculture, with only 3% of employers offering this training.

To view or download the 2-page report on Agriculture, click on the photo.

The EmployerOne survey, conducted for the last 4 years, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

364 employers in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and New Credit completed the survey.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116.


2016 EmployerOne Survey Shows Positive Trends

Sixty-one per cent of employers who participated in our community’s most recent EmployerOne survey anticipate hiring in 2016.

That’s just one of many highlights from January’s survey, which drew responses from 260 employers from Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk and Six Nations.

Photo of 2016 EmployerOne Results OverviewOf those 260 employers, 77% reported they hired in 2015, while only 59% had a separation (layoff, firing, retirement, etc.).

Four out of 10 employers said they had a “hard-to-fill” position in 2015. Such positions took longer to fill than expected for a number of reasons, led by “not enough applicants” and “applicants not meeting qualifications.”

The EmployerOne survey, conducted for the last 3 years, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

Some themes remain consistently important over all 3 years of the survey:

  • Word of mouth, referrals and using personal contacts is the No. 1 method employers use to recruit staff. Online job boards are No. 2.
  • Work ethic remains the No. 1 skill desired by employers. Other “soft skills” round out the top 5: customer service, self motivation, communication and teamwork.
  • The majority of employers support training and education for their staff, with cost being the most important barrier to firms that do not.

Download the report to see a summary of findings from the January 2016 survey.

Information shared in the last two surveys has led to several community actions, including studying how to improve the soft skills of job applicants, and the creation of new College programs aligned with the needs of local businesses.

The survey findings are also used by local employment agencies to help ensure job applicants meet the needs of employers.

To learn more about EmployerONE, contact us at 519-756-1116.


2016 EmployerOne Spotlight on Manufacturing

Manufacturing is the largest employer in the Grand Erie region, employing about 1 in 5 working adults, or 18,000 jobs.

The industry continues to do well overall, with manufacturing employers planning to hire, according to our third annual EmployerOne survey conducted in 2016.

Of the 45 manufacturers who completed the EmployerOne survey, 9 out of 10 had hired in 2015, while almost 8 out of 10 planned to hire in 2016.

Among the manufacturers who participated in the survey, 93% of their jobs were permanent, either full time or part time. That may come as a surprise to some, because of misconceptions about work being “temporary” in nature.

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Other findings based on answers provided by participating employers:

  • 91% of employees working at participating manufacturers were full-time;
  • The manufacturing workforce is largely middle aged, with fewer workers under age 25 and over the age of 55 than the survey average;
  • Production workers represents the highest number of hires and the highest number of separations (quits, layoffs and retirements).
  • 80% of the firms that provide training for their workers fund training either partially or fully.
  • Online job boards and postings is the No. 1 method used by manufacturers to recruit new staff.The information is summarized in an infographic report called Spotlight on Manufacturing. To view or download, click on the report (shown on right)

The EmployerOne survey, conducted for the last 3 years, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

Some 260 employers in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and New Credit completed the survey.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116.


2016 EmployerOne Spotlight on Retail

Retail is the second largest employer in the Grand Erie region, providing about 12,000 jobs.

Retail businesses are willing to train inexperienced job applicants who show a good work ethic, according to our third annual EmployerOne survey conducted in 2016.

Ninety-six per cent of positions positions in the 39 retailers who completed the survey were permanent positions, with a high percentage of those jobs – 77% or 3 out of 4 jobs – being full time.

Photto of 2016 EmployerOne spotlight on retail

Other findings based on answers provided by participating employers:

  • 6 out of 10 survey respondents hired in 2015, while 4 out of 10 planned to hire this year.
  • Only 28% of employers reported that they had a hard-to-fill position (one that took longer to fill than expected)
  • Retailers have a higher percentage of younger workers than the general workforce, and fewer older staff.
  • Sales & marketing positions were the No. 1 hired occupation, followed by service workers.

The information is summarized in an infographic report called Spotlight on Retail. To view or download, click on the report (shown on right).

The EmployerOne survey, conducted for the last 3 years, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

Some 260 employers in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and New Credit completed the survey.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116.


2016 EmployerOne Spotlight on Health Care

The majority of jobs in health care in our Grand Erie region are permanent positions, the 2016 EmployerOne survey suggests.

Ninety-seven per cent of positions in the 25 health care and social services employers who completed the survey were permanent. Of those, 60% of positions were full time.

Spotlight on Health Care report from 2016 EmployerOne surveyThis is one of the findings from the survey of health-care employers in the survey, which was completed by a total of  260 employers from Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk and Six Nations.

Health care employs about 11,000 in Grand Erie, and remains a strong force in the community.

Some findings based on answers provided by participating employers:

  • 84% of those employers hired in 2015 and 64% had plans to hire this year.
  • Almost 4 in 10 employers reported they had hard-to-fill positions.
  • Four in 5 employers support ongoing training and education for staff.
  • Top occupations hired for in 2015 were professional, service workers and technical positions.

The information is summarized in an infographic report called Spotlight on Health Care. To view or download, click on the report (shown on right).

The EmployerOne survey, conducted for the last 3 years, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116

 


2016 EmployerOne Spotlight on Agriculture

Agricultural employers in our Grand Erie region continue to face challenges competing for workers.

That’s one of the findings from the third-annual EmployerOne survey conducted earlier this year.

The survey was completed by 260 employers from Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk and Six Nations, including 14 employers who identified themselves as from the agriculture sector.

Spotlight on Agriculture report, EmployerOne 2016 surveyDespite the small sample size, the survey does provide a picture of the workforce issues facing local farms and agri-businesses.

Some findings based on answers provided by participating employers:

  • 44% of the workforce in local agriculture is over 55, while 12% are under 25 years old.
  • 28% of the agricultural workforce is permanent, and 14% work full time.
  • The top occupation hired last year was production worker, followed by packers and logistics agents.
  • There were a high level of turnover, with almost 200 temporary layoff of production workers.

The information is summarized in an infographic report called Spotlight on Agriculture. To view or download, click on the report (shown on right).

The EmployerOne survey, conducted for the last 3 years, tracks trends related to recruitment, staff turnover, skills shortages, succession planning and other HR issues.

To learn more about EmployerOne, contact us at 519-756-1116..

 


Use EmployerOne for HR Planning

The yearly EmployerOne survey can be used by employers and human resource professional as a helpful HR tool.

By participating, employers can help their own business or organization do HR planning, while helping our community plan for the future.

When an employer completes EmployerOne, they can then print off their survey answers. This report is a snapshot of HR practices, which can be compared year over year.

Employers can also compare their survey report with the overall survey results for the entire region. EmployerOne_-_HR_Planning_photo

Employers can:

  • Compare their predicted hiring to actual hiring;
  • Track employee separations to identify what positions are difficult to retain;
  • Learn about their workforce, including trends that may require succession planning;
  • Identify which jobs are in demand in your industry and potential competition for workers;
  • Keep track of recruitment methods and how effective they are for hiring.
  • And more.

Click on the report to download Spotlight on HR Planning.

The 2016 EmployerOne survey will be conducted in January 2016.

Plan to participate.

The EmployerOne survey is now shorter, easier to complete


Employers are Investing in Training

The EmployerOne survey indicated that local employers believe in – and invest in – training for their staff.

More than 4 in 5 employers surveyed said they fund training, either fully or partly, while 3 in 5 offer their staff flexible work schedules to accommodate their upgrading.

The survey also showed that:Employer1_-_Skills_Training_Photo

  • There are several government grants and tax credits to help businesses train existing employees and take on apprentices.
  • Many employers are willing to train on the job, but look for hires with a willingness to learn
  • Many employers provide co-ops, internships and mentorship for high school, college and university students

Learn more by reading our 2-page Spotlight on Skills & Training.

Click on the report to read or download.

The yearly EmployerOne survey provides invaluable information on the local labour market, and gives employers a chance to identify any issues they are having, including skills shortages.


2015 EmployerOne survey results are out

 Area employers appear to be in a hiring mood for 2015, results from January’s EmployerOne survey show.

Sixty-nine per cent of the 200 area employers who filled out January’s EmployerOne survey said they planned to hire in 2015. Meanwhile, 81% of survey respondents said they hired in 2014.

“These survey results are good news for residents in Grand Erie,” said Jill Halyk, executive director of the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, which spearheaded the survey. “We’ve surveyed local employers for two years now, and the hiring trend is positive and moving upwards, which is what we want to see.”

EmployerOne asked employers in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and New Credit about their hiring plans, practices, needs and challenges, including details about their hard-to-fill jobs and skills needs.

CLICK on the image at right to open or download the 2015 EmployerOne results summary.

Among other survey highlights:EmployerOne_2015_Summary_Cover

  • 47% of employers had hard-to-fill jobs (jobs that took a long time to fill);
  • 92% of people who work in manufacturing, our area’s No. 1 employer, are permanent full time;
  • 61% of organizations employ fewer than 25 people, showing the importance of small business;
  • Word of mouth/personal contacts is the No. 1 way employers recruit;
  • Work ethic and dependability is the No. 1 skill desired by employees.

Halyk said some survey results are cause for concern. The percentage of employers who had hard-to-fill jobs increased from 2014 to 2015. Meanwhile, employers gave a lower score this year when asked to rate the availability of qualified workers in Grand Erie.

“These are issues our community needs to keep an eye on and address. We want to ensure local employers can find qualified staff here, and not be driven to look outside Grand Erie to hire,”  Halyk said.

EmployerOne was supported by more than two dozens community organizations, including economic development, employment, education, business and workforce planning groups across Grand Erie. The survey was funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.


2015 EmployerOne Spotlight on Manufacturing

Manufacturing is alive and well, and employers are in a hiring mood

That’s one of the findings of the 2015 EmployerOne survey.

Of the 43 manufacturers who filled out EmployerOne, 8 of 10 reported they would hire this year, adding staff largely to fuel expansion.

At the same time, manufacturers reported difficulty filling certain positions. Almost half said they had a hard-to-fill job, a job that took longer to fill than expected.

One in 3 employers said they had too few production workers with the soft skills they were looking for, including work ethic and dependability. One in 5 manufacturers reported a shortage of skilled and qualified millwrights and welders.

These are among the highlights of a 2-page report, called Spotlight on Manufacturing, that uses information gathered from the latest EmployerOne survey.

Click on the report at right to download or print.Emp1-_Spotlight_on_Manufacturing_-_photo

The manufacturing sector in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk has fewer young workers than the general workforce. Employers also reported that the vast majority of their jobs were permanent and full-time in nature.

Three-quarters of manufacturers said they support ongoing training for their staff, largely by funding training either fully or partially and by offering flexible work schedules.

Manufacturers who completed the survey also reported retention issues, particularly around production workers quitting.

EmployerOne is a yearly, January survey of employers across the Grand Erie region which focuses on workforce issues, challenges and opportunities.

Two hundred employers participated in 2015’s survey, providing valuable insight into Grand Erie’s job market and workforce issues.


2015 EmployerOne Spotlight on Retail

Local retailers are willing to train inexperienced applicants for vacant jobs, but want people who have a good work ethic.

That’s one of the findings from the 2015 EmployerOne survey regarding the retail sector in Grand Erie.

Retail is one of our area’s largest sectors and source of jobs, with 12,000 people working in the field.

It’s also a sector that we need to hear more from. Only 16 retailers completed the EmployerOne survey. With such limited number of responses, we can’t claim survey responses represent the feelings of most retailers. However, the responses do still shed some light on the issues and challenges facing this key sector. EmployerOne_-_Retail_cover_photo

Top hires in retail included sales/customer service; delivery drivers, administrative/clerical positions; and automotive technicians.

One in 3 employers reported they had difficulty recruiting salespeople with skills and experience. At the same time, many employers said they were willing and able to train people.

Retailers use the same recruitment methods as other employers: word of mouth and online job boards are the top 2 methods.

Retail employers are being encouraged to complete the next EmployerOne survey, to be conducted in January 2016, to ensure our community understands the sector’s workforce needs and issues.

EmployerOne is an annual survey of employers that focuses on workforce issues, including identifying hard-to-fill jobs, skills shortages, training needs, etc.

The survey is carried out by the Workforce Planning Board with the support of two dozen community organizations from economic development, education, employment, business and other fields.


2015 EmployerOne Spotlight on Health Care

Ongoing training, education and professional development is the norm for employers in the Healthcare and Social Services field.

More than 9 or 10 of the 28 healthcare and social services employers who completed this year’s EmployerOne survey support training and education for their staff.

This industry had the highest level of support for continued professional development.

Healthcare and social services is a key sector in Grand Erie’s economy, employing 11,000 people.EmployerOne_-_Health_Care_cover_photo

Employers reported the vast majority of their jobs were permanent positions, either full time or part time (40% of those reported).

Eighty-nine per cent of employers who completed the survey from healthcare hired last year. Top hires were for support workers, counsellors and nurses, while there was also hiring for administration positions, managers, therapists and medical technologists.

Click on the image at right to print or download Spotlight on Healthcare.

EmployerOne is a yearly, January survey of employers across the Grand Erie region which focuses on workforce issues, challenges and opportunities. The survey is conducted by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, with the support of more than two dozen community organizations.

Two hundred employers participated in 2015’s survey, providing valuable insight into Grand Erie’s job market and workforce issues.

Spotlight on Health Care is the second of 4 sector reports we will be releasing over the next few months. A Spotlight on Agriculture has already been released (see below), while reports on Manufacturing and Retail will be coming out soon.



2015 EmployerOne Spotlight on Agriculture

Agricultural employers in Grand Erie face challenges competing for workers, according to the EmployerOne survey.

Employers who completed the survey said they were concerned about losing workers to other businesses because of the nature of agricultural work and wages. This highlights the issue of workers leaving jobs in agriculture to earn higher wages elsewhere.

Of the 16 agriculture-related employers who filled out EmployerOne, almost one in three reported they had hard-to-fill jobs.employerone_-_ag_report_-_cover One in four employers reported a shortage of skilled workers.

These are among the highlights of a 2-page report, called Spotlight on Agriculture, that uses information gathered from the latest EmployerOne survey.

Click on the report at right to download or print.

The agriculture sector in Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk has an older workforce. One-third of employees are over 55, according to the survey. Only 8% of workers were under 25.

Many jobs in agriculture are also part time, temporary or seasonal, and temporary layoffs were not uncommon.

Employers most frequently hired for general labourer positions, while packers/shippers were a distant second.

EmployerOne is a yearly, January survey of employers across the Grand Erie region.


2014 EmployerOne Results Paints a Picture

Did you know?

  •  61% of local employers surveyed in January reported they had “hard to fill” jobs. Top 2 reasons: applicants not meeting skills & applicants not meeting qualifications.
  •  50% of employers rated Grand Erie’s workforce as Excellent or Good, while another 30% rated it as “fair”.
  •  79% of employers hired in 2013.
  •  62% of employers plan to hire this year. Top 2 reasons for hiring: expansion and restructuring.
  • The No. 1 way companies recruit new workers: word of mouth/personal referrals/networks

These were just some of the new information gained from the EmployerONE community-wide survey completed in January. Click HERE or on the picture to see the full results, which are shown using infographics.

218 employers participated in the survey, which provides key information to the community about our local labour market, potential skills shortages, and a range of HR issues and challenges. Employers ranged from large manufacturers to small retailers, hospitals to construction companies, community services to truck firms.

The information collected in the first EmployerONE survey gives us the most complete picture yet of the needs of employers in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk, Six Nations and New Credit.

Information includes:

  • Hiring forecast for 2014
  • Hiring practices for 2013, including hiring challenges
  • A profile of Grand Erie’s workforce by age and employment status
  • A profile of Grand Erie companies by growth stage
  • Required education by job category
  • Workplace training and education

The EmployerONE survey was conducted by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie with the support of some two dozen community partners, including groups from business, economic, employment and education development.

EmployerONE is an annual survey.


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Local employers talk about the benefits of participating in the EmployerOne survey.