Job vacancies remain very high in Windsor-Essex

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The volume of vacancies remains very high in Windsor-Essex.

Justin Falconer, managing director of Workforce WindsorEssex, says demand for talent and people in this field has been high since April, with 6,500 to 6,800 active job openings each month.

According to Workforce WindsorEssex, the highest ever active job postings in this field are close to 7,100.

Falconer reports vacancies in a number of sectors in the region, including in-demand occupations such as retail sales, customer service and information representatives, home health aides, truck drivers transportation and construction workers.

Although there are a number of factors behind the high number of vacancies, he says people are looking for work and better paying jobs, but employers are not always looking to match increases in the cost of living. with inflation.

Falconer says employers need to think about how to attract people and what they can offer for a particular position.

“If you don’t have the money to pay everyone the best rate in town, then I think you have to figure out what you can be best at,” he says. “It could be flexibility, more medical and dental benefits, or other things your workers are looking for.”

Falconer says the challenge we have is the retiring workforce, which means there are fewer people to draw on while employers work to recruit and retain key positions.

“I just think the job market is getting tighter, so you have to be open-minded about training people, getting people their first job, helping to do a knowledge transfer between experienced and inexperienced employees,” says -he. “I just think you have to be a little more creative to find the perfect person, if you want.”

Falconer says different generations of workers are looking for different things, and employers need to do a better job of communicating with potential employees.

“Just make sure they do a good job of communicating what’s a requirement and what’s nice to have or an asset in the job,” he says. “I also think posting jobs is a great way to communicate what it’s like to work for your company, your company benefits, your company values.”

On Thursday, Statistics Canada reported job vacancies rose 3.2% in June to a new high as employers seek to fill more than a million jobs for a third straight month.

The agency says employers were actively seeking to fill 1,037,900 positions compared to 1,005,700 in May.

The job vacancy rate was 5.9% in June, matching the record reached in September 2021 and 4.9% in June 2021.

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