Recruiting increasingly difficult for Quebec businesses

Findings of the second quarter 2011 employment outlook survey

MONTREAL, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Recruiting new employees is becoming increasingly difficult for Quebec businesses. That's the main finding of the second Flash-Emploi CRHA released by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés. This quarterly survey, conducted in collaboration with Analysis Group, economic, financial and strategy consultants, reflects how HR professionals expect the Quebec job market to develop in the near future.

Of the 541 HR professionals surveyed, 56.7% expect employers will have to step up their recruitment efforts, versus less than 1% who disagree (0.6%). This net difference (+56.1%) represents an increase of close to 9 percentage points compared to that of the previous quarter (+47.2%).

With summer just around the corner, the news about hiring in Quebec remains encouraging. Even though the net hiring index fell by 8.4% compared to the previous quarter, it remains positive. In fact, 45.5% of respondents indicated that their organization was poised to hire new workers, versus only 11.4% that are considering lay-offs, for a net difference of +34.2%. We can't ignore the impact of seasonal employment on these findings, but it should be noted that the net difference in the Montérégie region rose to +48%, as compared to +17.9% three months earlier.

In the second quarter of 2011, the study's four indices show that this post-recession period is fairly stable and that organizations are still looking to fill a good many positions. As a result, employers with recruitment problems are relying even more on their current employees, as indicated by the hours worked index, which posted a net increase of +32.1%, or 9.1% more than the preceding quarter.

"Organizations will have to deploy increasingly creative recruitment efforts and develop their employer brand if they want to attract the best and brightest candidates," explained Florent Francoeur, CHRP, Ordre president and CEO.

On average, excluding the public and parapublic sectors, this labour shortage is expected to maintain net compensation increases of +22.0%.

Please visit www.portailrh.org/presse for the complete report (in French only).

For an interview with Florent Francoeur, please contact Caroline Soulas.

Methodology
The indices presented in this quarterly newsletter are based on responses to a survey conducted from April 6 to 13, 2011 among a random sample of members of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés (CRHA). In all, 541 respondents participated in this survey, representing a margin of error of 4.1%, 19 times out of 20. In the case of organizations with a number of Ordre members, only the response of the main HR manager was retained. The responses were weighted according to the size of the organization and were not seasonally adjusted. The total percentages may not always equal 100% due to rounding of values. The survey methodology and its analysis were developed and carried out by Analysis Group, economic, financial and strategy consultants. (http://www.analysisgroup.com/groupedanalyse.aspx).

About the Ordre
The Ordre des conseillers en resources humaines agréés is the primary reference organization in its field in Quebec. It has a membership of more than 11,000 professionals, candidates and students. It is the only human resources organization devoted to the protection of the public authorized by the Professional Code to confer the professional designations of CHRP and CIRC. Active in all sectors, CHRPs and CIRCs contribute to the development and maintenance of a healthy working atmosphere and a safe, efficient organizational environment that respects the uniqueness of each and every employee. They also represent employers and employees in various areas of HR management, from labour relations, to staffing, training, occupational health and safety, organizational development and compensation.

SOURCE ORDRE DES CONSEILLERS EN RESSOURCES HUMAINES AGREES

For further information:

Caroline Soulas
Communications coordinator
Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés
Tel.: 514 879-1636, ext. 224; 1 800 214 1609
Cell phone: 514 941-1989
presse@portailrh.org

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