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Hamilton's Labour Market Connection
Vol. 8, Issue 4 (August 24/17)
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July 2017 
Hamilton Employment Stats

Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (Yearly change: 
-0.8 points decrease)

Participation Rate: 67.2 %
(Yearly change: 4.9 points increase)

Employment Rate: 67.2%
(Yearly change: 5.2 points increase)

(Info from Statistics Canada)


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Under Pressure: Exploring Skills Gaps in the Trades

This year Workforce Planning Hamilton is working on a project to explore the skilled trades occupations in the manufacturing,
construction and motives sectors in Hamilton. 

With the help of new data and consultations we are going to examine the skilled trades in depth and see which occupations are in critical shortages in our area, and to offer solutions.

The project was launched on August 16/17 with a meeting that brought together an Advisory Committee to guide the project.

Representatives from companies such as Crescent Cabinet Company, Arcelor Mittal Dofasco, and Walters Inc. attended as well as reps from Mohawk College, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and the YWCA. 

Viktor Cicman, Graeme Brown, Michelle Obermuller attended the event
In September and October focus groups will take place with employers in manufacturing, construction and motive power. 

If you are an employer who would like to share your experiences and challenges please contact Viktor Cicman at 905-521-5777, ext. 16 or by email: [email protected]
Salaries expected to increase by 2.3 per cent in 2018

Employers in Canada are expecting salaries to rise by an average of 2.3 per cent in 2018, according to Morneau Shepell's annual survey of Trends in Human Resources.

This is up from the actual 2.2 per cent average increase in 2017.

Industry sectors that are expecting higher than average salary increases in 2018 include utilities at 2.9 per cent, and manufacturing and wholesale trade at 2.7 per cent. Expected salary increases in sectors such as finance and insurance are expected to remain strong at 2.7 per cent next year.

Read more here.
Setting the stage for inter-generational leadership: Attracting and retaining young workers in non-profit

When it comes to being a choice employer for young people, the non-profit sector is not always top of mind.

Even after months of studying and partnering with charities, two-thirds (63%) of 20,000 high school students across Canada surveyed by the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative Canada (2015) did not see themselves working in the charitable sector.

While the survey results indicate that youth see the value in the sector's work, this does not mean they see charities and non-profits as a place to build a career.

Read more here.
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