Recruitment & retention big issue: EmployerOne 2020

Recruitment & retention big issue: EmployerOne 2020

Many local employers say recruitment and retention challenges is a major concern, the 2020 EmployerOne survey found.

Our community’s seventh annual EmployerOne survey, conducted in January 2020, engaged 251 employers in Six Nations, New Credit, County of Brant, Haldimand County, Norfolk County and City of Brantford.

Fifty-nine percent of survey participants said retention is a top concern for their organization.

In addition, 86% of businesses reported that recruitment and retention challenges have impacted their business. The No. 1 impact was reduced productivity, followed by increased pressure on existing staff and negative impact on customer service.

This is one of many highlights from EmployerOne 2020. The full report is on our EmployerOne page.

What job seekers & employees are saying

What job seekers & employees are saying

With job attraction and staff retainment being major issues in our Grand Erie region, there’s been a need to hear the perspective of both job seekers and employees.

Gaining a broader understanding of workforce challenges as experienced by local workers and job seekers is the first step in developing strategies to help address hiring and retention issues – something identified as a priority by businesses, government and community service providers.

With the support of community partners, the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie surveyed almost 500 residents during the Summer and Fall of 2019.

Visit our Job Seeker & Employee Survey page to view our reports and infographics on the survey results.

Brantford area job market strong in 2019

Brantford area job market strong in 2019

Brantford’s jobless rate has climbed for the first time in six months, but 2019 overall saw strong job growth.

The city’s unemployment rate was 3.8% in December 2019, up from the historic low of 3.1% in November, according to seasonally adjusted estimates derived from a Statistics Canada survey of local households.

Norfolk’s jobless rate was 6% for December, monthly figures not adjusted for seasonal factors.

The year 2019 was a strong year for Brantford’s job market and employment growth. From 2018 to 2019, employment grew by 8,700 people to 78,700 people, according to annual Statistics Canada data, also released Friday. Three-quarters of the job growth in 2019 came in full-time work.

20 questions for 2020

20 questions for 2020

Area employers are being urged to answer 20 questions to kick off 2020.

The Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie and about 20 partner organizations will be sending the annual EmployerOne survey out to employers throughout January.

It is the 7th year for the survey, which gathers information on the workforce needs and challenges of employers in Brantford, Six Nations, New Credit and the counties of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk.

This year’s survey has been shortened to 20 questions which focus on core issues, including hiring and separations, staff attraction and retention, in-demand skills and hard-to-fill jobs.

The Workforce Planning Board will analyze the data collected and release survey findings in the spring.

Videos celebrate local manufacturing

Videos celebrate local manufacturing

Four new videos have been released that celebrate local manufacturers, their products and the occupations behind them.

The We Make It Here videos, one for each Grand Erie municipality, showcase local manufacturers who make a diverse range of goods, ranging from biodegradable drinking straws to military parts, chiropractic tables to bird food, irrigation equipment to communications antennas, and more.

The 12 companies featured in the videos are:

  • Brantford: Patriot Forge, Stone Straw, Apotex Pharmachem
  • Brant County: iSPAN Sytems, Wade Antenna, Apogee Ceramics
  • Haldimand County: Armstrong Milling, Elite Manufacturing, Cargo Ease
  • Norfolk County: On Time Precision Components, Lonestar Welding, Cadman Power

The We Make It Here videos were produced by the Workforce Planning Board in partnership with the companies, municipal economic development departments, the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and the Grand Erie District School Board. The project was funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

The videos build on manufacturing videos released in 2018 and 2017.

October job numbers new record low

October job numbers new record low

Brantford’s jobless rate has fallen by three percentage points in the last year, setting a new record low last month.

The city’s October unemployment rate was 3.2%, down from 3.6% in September and 6.2% a year ago in October 2018, based on seasonally adjusted estimates released Friday by Statistics Canada.

Brantford’s jobless rate sits well below that of surrounding large metropolitan areas, with Hamilton’s the next best at 4.8%. Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, St. Catharines-Niagara, and Guelph all have unemployment rates at or above the Ontario average of 5.4%, while London’s tops 6%.

While Brantford’s jobless rate has been falling over the last few months, other numbers have been moving in a negative direction. In particular, the number of people who are not in the labour force – those neither working nor looking for work – has been increasing. Since July, an estimated 4,000 more people have been classed as “not in labour force” by Statistics Canada.

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