New research from consulting firm Robert Half predicts that the Canadian job market will continue to see recovery throughout 2022.
The State of Canadian Hiring Survey retrieved responses from over 800 senior managers, in which 49% stated they expect to add new permanent positions by the first half of the year, a 6-point increase from six months ago.
Along with this, 45% of respondents said vacated positions were expected to be filled and 52% anticipate bringing in more contracted workers.
In order to attract employees to their business, companies are ramping up offerings to stay competitive amidst the ongoing labor shortage.
The research shows 47% of leaders are offering remote work arrangements, 46% are increasing starting salaries, 31% are loosening their educational and skills requirements, and 29% are providing more paid time off.
“Skilled professionals currently have access to more career opportunities and power in the hiring process than ever before,” said David King, Canadian senior managing director of Robert Half. “To attract and land top talent, employers need to be active in promoting what makes their company a great place to work. This includes offering comprehensive compensation and benefits packages as well as remote flexibility.”
Offering remote positions is one factor that could boost a company’s relevance for prospects, with previous research from Robert Half showing that 47% of companies saw a spike in applications when offering remote roles.