David Aplin Group CEO, Jeff Aplin, talks with CBC News about job hunting and hiring during the pandemic with Calgary Reporter, Kyle Bakx. He provides insights on which industries are seeing more talent demand, and which won't be hiring any time soon. [Audio]
JA: It's pretty much devastation across the board. But as people start to try to step by step build back their companies, and their business and their organizations, what I’m seeing is basically if you break it down at a high level across Canada you have about 60% of organizations that have been very clear that their not going hire anyone any time soon. And that means probably 6 to 9 months that they’re just not going to hire.
KB: Are some provinces faring better than others?
JA: The labour market is very choppy everywhere. So, it’s full of kind of stop/start, “we might hire, we may not, we’re in a hiring freeze, it’s being extended, no wait it’s not”, so it’s very volatile and that goes right from Halifax through to Vancouver.
JA: You know, for sure technology as a broad industry in all the job categories in the tech industry continue to experience shortages. So, whether that’s technical roles like software developers and software engineers, there’s on-going labour shortages in those job categories. That has not changed through the pandemic so there is excess demand for people with those skills. And then there’s the functional roles around the tech industry as well, the other functions like marketing, and finance, and HR, etc., that also continue to have good demand.
KB: Jeff Aplin is the President of the David Aplin Group, a national staffing firm. For CBC Radio, I’m Kyle Bakx.
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