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INSIDE THE MINDS OF EMPLOYERS: UNDERSTANDING THEIR HIRING NEEDS & CHALLENGES

Have you ever wondered what’s in the minds of employers? What do they consider when they are interviewing and hiring? What are their needs, challenges and frustrations? In this Working in Peel Halton tip sheet, we have curated the most relevant and current employer surveys in Peel, Halton and beyond. The information will give you insight into the minds of employers and you will begin to see the common answers employers give again and again (e.g. importance of ‘soft skills’). Use this information to highlight important skills on your resume or to make sure you speak about these issues in a job interview.

Peel Halton Employer Survey (2015)
Peel Halton Workforce Development Group
In this 2015 report, completed by 484 employer respondents, you will learn about job readiness and employer concerns regarding soft skills, which score twice as high as concerns regarding technical skills.

Hire Employer One Survey (2016)
Workforce Planning Hamilton
The Hamilton EmployerOne survey was completed by 144 employers and their answers help readers to better understand the local labour market and its specific needs such as current and future hiring needs, skill and educational requirements, recruitment difficulties, and other labour market challenges.

Developing Canada’s future workforce: A survey of large private-sector employers (2016)
Business Council of Canada
This report, based on a survey of 90 leading Canadian employers, examines recent and future hiring trends, demographic changes, the job market for young Canadians and the skills and attributes that large Canadian firms are looking for when they recruit employees.

The most sought after skills in Canada (2015)
Workoplis
This is a list of the top ten skills requested by prospective employers out of all the job listings on the Workopolis site since 2014.

The Skill Needs of Major Canadian Employers (2014)
Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE)
This brief examines the results of the survey as they relate to recent and future hiring trends, demographic changes, the job market for young Canadians and the skills and attributes that major Canadian companies are looking for when they recruit entry-level employees.

Moving Forward Together: An Employer Perspective on the Design of Skills Training Programs in Ontario (2014)
Essential Skills Ontario & Ontario Chamber of Commerce
The goal of this report is to help inform the design of—and contribute to the success of—new employer-driven training and employment initiatives in Ontario. It brings together the perspectives of employers from across Ontario on training and employment issues.

The Need to Make Skills Work: The Cost of Ontario’s Skills Gap (2013)
Conference Board of Canada
This report examined the true economic costs of Ontario’s skills gaps and what can be done to prevent a skills crisis. To address this lack of information, the Conference Board undertook a major study of skills gaps in Ontario, including a survey of over 1,500 Ontario employers.

Work-Integrated Learning Employer Survey (2012)
Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)
This survey was designed to explore employer motivations and barriers to participating in work-integrated learning (WIL) programs (such as cooperative education, field placements and internships) and to gather employer perspectives on the impact of WIL on the skills, competencies and employability of Ontario postsecondary graduates. 

 

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