Employers Hire Workers With No Experience In Tight Labour Market: Poll

A new survey has found that Canadian employers are willing to hire workers with no experience
amid a tight labour market.

The poll finds that experience and education are becoming less important as organizations
scramble to fill positions during a national labour shortage.

The survey found that 77% of Canadian employers would consider hiring a candidate based on
“soft” interpersonal skills rather than experience and other “hard” skills.

The survey also found that 80% of employers say their company would hire people who don't
possess a degree or certification related to a job and would instead offer on-the-job training.

Canada's unemployment rate stood at 5.1% in May, it's lowest level since the data started being
tracked in 1976. The tight job market is being driven by a recovery following the global
pandemic.

The poll found employers are increasingly willing to hire based on skills such as communication
and a willingness to learn rather than technical knowledge or education.

The research found the hardest jobs to fill require digital and information technology skills,
engineering, software development and coding skills.

The findings are based on an online survey of 1,000 Canadian employers that was conducted in
May by employment website Indeed.