Vol. 11, Issue 3, November 21, 2019
Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Your weekly news & updates from WPH!
In this week's edition: Learning from local employers with the In-Demand Skilled Trades Hamilton Project; How to negotiate with new hires; Do you need a Board self assessment tool?

Project well underway as local employers share how to improve the skilled trades in Hamilton
Workforce Planning Hamilton staff are in the midst of the In-Demand Skills Trades project, which is funded by the provincial government.

At the end of the project staff will have interviewed 100 local employers in Motive Power trades; Construction Trades; Industrial Trades; and Service Sector trades (ie. Hairstylists and Barbers; ECE, Chef/Cook,Horticulture).

All interview work has been completed except interviews with employers in the Construction trades.

Here are a few of our early findings:

  • The existing workforce is now reaching retirement age and there will be a massive exodus from the labour market

  • There is a shrinking pool of young workers that are less attracted to and less committed to a career in the skilled trades

  • The skilled trades need to be promoted in high school, and in early grades and to parents

If you are an employer in the Construction Sector who would like to be involved with the project please contact Liz Robinson at liz.robinson@workforceplanninghamilton.ca

One-third of workers lose interest in job offer if employer won't negotiate beyond salary

Thirty-two per cent of workers in Canada say they've lost interest in a position when the company wasn't willing to negotiate elements beyond salary — such as job title or benefits — 
according to a survey.

However, one-third of workers have never negotiated after receiving a job offer, found the survey of more than 500 employees by Robert Half.

"To attract and retain the best, organizations need to understand what workers value beyond pay, and remain open and flexible when reviewing all aspects of their compensation package," says David King, senior district president of Robert Half Finance and Accounting.

Board Self-Assessment Tool - For Not for Profit 2019
Boards that self-assess can better identify the areas in which they are performing well as a board, areas for improvement and areas of concern. 

Discussing the boards’ overall assessment can encourage cohesion among board members by strengthening communication. It also allows 
for improved understanding of what it means to be an effective board; agreement on board roles and responsibilities; and, members' renewed dedication to the board.

Labour Force Information, Hamilton, October 2019
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