Looking for employees who are flexible and willing to grow

Koula Vasilopoulos of Robert Half in Calgary talks about the changing job market

Looking for employees who are flexible and willing to growKoula Vasilopoulos is district president of Robert Half in Calgary. What’s the labour market like in Calgary since the recession? Vasilopoulos: The market has been picking up gradually over the last few years, but in the past year specifically we’ve seen a notable increase in hiring for both contract and permanent positions. There’s certainly more…

More education needed to prepare youth for jobs of today

A CFIB report recommends that high schools and post-secondary institutions collaborate with the business community

More education needed to prepare youth for jobs of todayA new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says high schools don’t adequately prepare students for the jobs of today and that’s hurting small businesses in Canada, which are facing record-high job vacancy rates and ongoing labour shortages in certain sectors. At the same time, youth unemployment rates in Canada are much higher…

Giving young people the work and life skills to succeed

Karl Herzog talks about how the non-profit Motive Action helps people take the first steps in careers in the trades

Giving young people the work and life skills to succeedKarl Herzog is executive director of Motive Action. What is Motive Action Training Foundation? When was it established? What does it do? Herzog: Motive Action Training Foundation is a Calgary-based non-profit training organization. Since 1985, we have provided young Albertans with employment training, work experience and life management instruction. We help unskilled and underemployed people…

Canada’s labour markets weaker than federal government suggests

Every Canadian province significantly underperformed relative to U.S. states – they all rank in the bottom half

Canada’s labour markets weaker than federal government suggestsBy Charles Lammam and Brennan Sorge The Fraser Institute Touting Canada’s relatively low unemployment rate is a common refrain from the current federal government. For instance, Finance Minister Bill Morneau repeatedly states that “Canada’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it's been in over 40 years” and “these are the real results of a plan…

Understanding the downward trend in unionization 

In B.C., it's a matter of industrial change, technological innovation, and the increased role of self-employment and small businesses

Understanding the downward trend in unionization The arrival of another Labour Day provided an opportunity to reflect on the place of trade unions in our economy. The unionization rate – sometimes called union density – measures the share of employees in the workforce who belong to a union. In B.C., the rate has dropped significantly in recent decades. The trend has…

SMEs struggling to find new employees

Six in 10 entrepreneurs said labour shortages mean existing staff must work more, while 47% said they have had to raise wages

SMEs struggling to find new employeesWorker scarcity will remain a problem for Canadian small and medium-sized businesses for at least a decade, says a new report by the Business Development Bank of Canada. The report, released on Wednesday, said 39 per cent of SMEs are struggling to find new employees. “Labour shortages are affecting growth for many Canadian businesses, and…

Disruption has reshaped the corporate sector

The roles of employees and their required skills are also changing. And policy-makers face critical new challenges

Disruption has reshaped the corporate sectorThe Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary is one of the leading business education institutions in Canada. Over the coming weeks, faculty from the school will share insights from their research that help readers understand what’s happening in our economy. Corporations evolve a lot differently today than the world’s most valuable companies…

Labour markets diverge in Calgary and Edmonton

The provincial unemployment rate was little changed at 6.7% in June. The province lost 3,600 jobs month over month but employment was still up 39,600 year over year

Labour markets diverge in Calgary and EdmontonThe labour markets in Calgary and Edmonton appeared headed in opposite directions in July. According to data released on Friday by Statistics Canada, Calgary saw job losses and an increased unemployment rate for the month while Edmonton experienced more employment and job creation. For the Calgary census metropolitan area, the unemployment rate rose to 7.9…

Creating a large industrial services footprint

Jesse Messom’s Bigfoot has become a fully-integrated millwrighting, welding and fabrication/manufacturing and engineering company

Creating a large industrial services footprintJesse Messom is president and CEO of Bigfoot Industrial Services Ltd. Calgary’s Business: Can you give me a history of Bigfoot? How and when did it come into operation and how many people the company employs? Messom: I founded Bigfoot Industrial Services in 2010. I started my millwright apprenticeship at 19 and obtained my journeyman…

Feds aim to reduce unemployment rate for recent graduates

1,200 graduates across Canada will have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Skills for Youth program

Feds aim to reduce unemployment rate for recent graduatesThe University of Calgary is among the participating organizations and small businesses across Canada that will be offering paid internships to under-employed post-secondary graduates over the course of the next two years. The federal government announced Friday that 1,200 graduates across Canada will have the opportunity to participate in the Digital Skills for Youth program.…