TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/ - New numbers back up the business case for hiring
skilled immigrants. TRIEC engaged EKOS to survey employers about their hiring practices of
newcomers. According to the results, one in five employers has hired a
skilled immigrant to help them expand globally and locally, and feels
that employees with international education and experience are
effective in helping them meet their business goals.
Among the key research findings:
Almost 1 in 5 have hired a skilled immigrant:
To help diversify their company's client base globally; and of these,
93% feel the skilled immigrants hired have been effective on helping on
To target local cultural communities to find new business opportunities;
and of these, 83% feel the skilled immigrants hired have been effective
in helping on this front
1 in 10 have hired a skilled immigrant because they discovered that
competitors were benefiting from hiring skilled immigrants -
of those employers, 81% feel the skilled immigrants hired have been
"This research confirms that hiring immigrants to expand into local and
global markets can be an effective business strategy for employers,"
says Elizabeth McIsaac, TRIEC's executive director. "We know there is a
strong business case for employing skilled immigrants and these
findings prove it."
Companies that are already reaping the benefits
Phoenix Geophysics Limited, a geophysical manufacturing and contracting
company, sells to over 80 countries in the world. Half of the company's
business is in China and another 20 per cent is in Russia. Phoenix
hires "market makers," skilled immigrants who can help the company open
up new opportunities in their home countries. The company boasts 51
employees from 20 countries who speak 15 languages.
For George Kelk, a producer of sensors for steel rolling mills, 99 per
cent of sales are international. More than 80 per cent of employees are
immigrants, hired in engineering, technology and sales roles. Customers
can call and expect to speak to someone who knows their language. With
a retention rate of 98 per cent, it's obvious that immigrant employees
feel their skills are put to good use.
In Thales Canada's Toronto office, staff build "brains for trains" -
technology that allows trains to run without operators. With 90 per
cent of its business in the global marketplace, Thales systematically
targets and cultivates internationally trained professionals to ensure
its position as a leader in transportation systems worldwide. The
company stands apart for its 95 per cent retention rate.
Questrade has been ranked as Canada's fastest growing online brokerage.
When half of the employees are immigrants, it's clear that the
company's rapid success is tied to its skilled immigrant advantage. The
majority of Questrade's work is in e-development and innovation, and
the majority of the technology team is comprised of visible minorities
or immigrants - or both. Staff collectively speak more than 35
languages and have grown most of their business within local immigrant
With over 90 per cent of its 100-plus workforce comprised of immigrants,
this computer manufacturing and distribution company has leveraged
skilled immigrant talent to respond to changing needs of mass merchant
customers; to increase market share with smaller, local and diverse
retailers; and to purchase parts from overseas suppliers, mainly from
About the research
EKOS surveyed 461 employers in the Greater Toronto Area. There was a
fairly even split between large and small businesses. Close to 40 per
cent of businesses polled had over 100 staff, with 30 per cent having
between one and four; close to 30 per cent employed between five and
100 staff. All respondents were either employed full-time or
self-employed (and employed at least another employee), and had either
primary or shared responsibility for hiring.
Of the employers polled, close to 60 per cent were private; close to 30
per cent were public; and just over 10 per cent were non-government
organizations. The employers represented a broad range of sectors. The
biggest portion of employers, at 15 per cent, was from the
professional, scientific and technical services sector. Another 12 per
cent were from the finance and insurance, real estate and renting and
TRIEC creates and champions solutions to better integrate skilled
immigrants in the Greater
Toronto Region labour market. For more information visit www.triec.ca.
For further information:
Claire DeVeale-Blane at firstname.lastname@example.org, 416.944.1946 x 271 (office) or 416-464-4042 (BB)