Competition Among Employers Intensifies: 2008 List of Canada's Top 100 Employers is Released



    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - The new 2008 list of Canada's Top 100 Employers
has been released in the midst of the tightest labour market in a generation.
Now in its 8th year, the annual competition recognizes the employers that are
industry leaders at attracting and retaining employees. The competition is
organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc., the nation's largest publisher of
employment guides and job-hunting periodicals.
    "We've written about the approaching labour shortages for several years,"
says Richard Yerema, who heads the editorial team on the Canada's Top 100
Employers project. "Well, the shortages are now here and employers are
competing for talent like never before."
    To develop this year's Top 100 list, Mediacorp examined the recruitment
histories of over 72,000 employers across Canada that it tracks for various
job-hunting periodicals, including its online search engine for new jobs in
Canada, Eluta.ca. From this initial group, Mediacorp invited 10,000 of the
fastest-growing employers, plus 4,000 other companies and organizations in
industries that Mediacorp editors wanted to examine more closely, to apply for
this year's competition. Employers were asked to complete an extensive
application process that included a detailed review of their operations and HR
practices. Over 1,800 employers started this year's application process.
    In reviewing each employer, Yerema and his team considered eight
criteria: (1) Physical Workplace; (2) Work Atmosphere & Social; (3) Health,
Financial & Family Benefits; (4) Vacation & Time Off; (5) Employee
Communications; (6) Performance Management; (7) Training & Skills Development;
and (8) Community Involvement. The editors' internal grades for each of these
areas - and the full reasons for each employer's selection - are published
annually in Canada's Top 100 Employers and summarized online at Eluta.ca.
These criteria have remained the same throughout all eight editions of the
Canada's Top 100 Employers project.
    In choosing the finalists for this year's competition, Mediacorp editors
considered how each employer compared to others in its industry. This year's
list includes large and small employers from a range of industries, offering
varying benefits and working conditions. The common thread that runs through
the finalists is that each is an industry leader. This year, Mediacorp editors
also considered three emerging areas of interest: diversity and inclusiveness
programs; initiatives to assist new Canadians and recent immigrants; and
projects that integrate environmental awareness into an organization's
culture. The editors' choices for Canada's top employers in these three
specialized areas will be released in spring 2008.
    "We're now seeing best-of-class recruitment and retention practices
spreading far beyond the industries where they started," says Tony Meehan,
Publisher of Canada's Top 100 Employers. "Employers in one industry are
cherry-picking innovative benefits seen in other industries more quickly
because increasingly they are competing outside their industry for talented
employees."

    To view the full list of this year's winners, visit:
    http://www.canadastop100.com/national

    About Mediacorp

    Mediacorp Canada Inc. is Canada's largest publisher of quality employment
periodicals. The company specializes in publishing directories and guides that
let job-hunters find great employers and interesting new job opportunities in
their field. Since 1992, more than one million of Mediacorp's job-hunting
guides have been sold. Mediacorp's popular job search engine, Eluta.ca, allows
job-seekers to find new job announcements - and verified information on perks
and benefits - directly from employers on the Top 100 list, as well as
thousands of other employers across Canada. Each spring, Mediacorp also
organizes a policy-oriented conference on the Top 100 Employers project called
the Top Employer Summit, which is Canada's largest annual gathering of
senior-level HR professionals. Mediacorp co-presents the conference each year
with Towers Perrin, which manages a sophisticated employee survey tool used by
applicants to the annual Canada's Top 100 Employers competition.





For further information:

For further information: Richard Yerema, (416) 964-6069, or email
ct100@mediacorp.ca


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