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The second annual Employer One Survey ran from January 2-31, 2014. The survey collects information from employers on a range of labour issues including turnover, recruitment methods, plans to hire, skills and education requirements. The survey was conducted by the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board in partnership Elgin County Economic Development and 28 other organizations.

This year 155 employers completed the survey while an additional 109 employers provided some responses but did not complete the full survey.

Employers who responded to the survey mirrored the industrial composition of the London Economic Region (incl. Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford counties). Employers at all stages of the business cycle were represented with the vast majority of responses coming from businesses that were in either the 'Established' (74%) or 'Growth'(22%) stage.

Employers responding indicated that their current workforce was primarily permanent full-time (81.4%) or permanent part-time (11.2%). The demographic breakdown of workers showed 9.8% were under 25 years and 1.4% were 65 years and older. Many employers were able to support training for their current workforce by funding it completely or partially. Employers also offered flexibility to employees in order for them to attend training and skills upgrading.

Looking forward, a large majority of employers responded that they will be looking to hire over the next 12 months. Expansion or restructuring accounted for almost half of all planned hires and retirement accounted for about 20%. Production and service workers were the largest number of planned new hires followed by professionals. According to survey results, employers continue to use informal networks/word-of-mouth as their primary method of recruitment followed by online job boards and the company's own website. In terms of areas of recruitment, employers were looking to fill 80% of positions from within the London Economic Region, 14% within the province and the remaining 6% nationally and internationally.

Survey respondents indicated a generally stable core workforce, as well as, plans to grow. Barriers that continue to hamper employers are awareness of training support programs for their current workforce or applicants for employment not meeting the skills, experience or personal attributes required.

There continues to be a number of hard-to-fill positions for employers. Survey respondents identified a wide range of positions they had difficulty filling which included: early childhood educators, registered nurses, truck drivers, tourism related positions and occupations in the health care field.

Quick Facts

  • Second annual edition of the survey conducted online throughout the month of January
  • Created with input from a variety of stakeholders representing business, government, education and health
  • Targets employers of all sizes and industries in Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford and the City of London
  • 155 completed surveys and 109 partial responses
  • More detailed information and analysis will be available on which will be live on March 5, 2014

"The Employer One survey has been an invaluable tool in helping Elgin County's Economic Development department determine programming, services and next steps. These preliminary results show a positive outlook for our employers and workforce in both production and services in Elgin." - Debra Mountenay, Executive Director, Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board

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