Economic crisis could affect student jobs



    MONTREAL, May 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The findings of a survey conducted among
its members by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés
indicate that employers could be hiring fewer students this summer given the
current economic environment.
    The professionals surveyed estimate that 68% of employers are likely to
hire fewer students this summer, while 60% could cut back their student
training programs.
    "Obviously in troubled economic times, employers tend to cut their human
resources first. It seems that jobs usually available to students will also be
affected this summer. And that's a shame because summer jobs are often a good
investment for the future. Not only are they a good opportunity for
organizations to identify and train future employees, but they are also a
valuable training experience for students," explained Florent Francoeur, Ordre
president and CEO.

    Among HR professionals

    In response to the Ordre's survey, close to one-third of the HR
professionals interviewed confirmed that their organization plans to hire
fewer students this summer. A similar proportion, some 30%, plans to recruit
as many students as last year.
    Interestingly, 65% of respondents reported that the salary conditions for
students hired by their organization this summer would remain the same as last
year.

    About the Ordre

    The Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés is the primary
reference organization in its field in Quebec. It has a membership of close to
9,500 professionals, candidates and students, including 5,000 CHRPs and 2,500
CIRCs. It is the only organization devoted to the protection of the public
authorized by the Professional Code to confer these professional designations.
    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 industrial relations, to staffing, training, occupational
health and safety, organizational development and compensation.

    
                              Highlights of the
         Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés survey

    Methodology

    This internal survey was conducted by the Ordre des conseillers en
ressources humaines agréés from April 30 to May 13, 2009. Data was collected
from Ordre members via the Internet and is intended for information purposes
only.

                     Key findings: (n = 100)

    Compared to last year, and given the current economic environment, do you
    think employers are likely to hire more or fewer students this summer?

    More                      2.1 %
    Fewer                    68.0 %
    Same as last year        17.5 %
    Don't know               12.4 %

    Compared to last year, and given the current economic environment, do you
    think employers are likely to offer more or fewer student training
    periods this summer?

    More                      5.1 %
    Fewer                    59.8 %
    Same as last year        19.6 %
    Don't know               15.5 %

    Compared to last year, does your organization plan to hire more or fewer
    students this summer?

    More                      7.0 %
    Fewer                    31.0 %
    Same as last year        30.0 %
    Don't know                8.0 %
    Doesn't hire students    24.0 %

    Compared to last year, are the conditions (pay, benefits, etc.) for
    student employment in your organization this summer:

    Better                    8.1 %
    Worse                     1.0 %
    The same                 64.7 %
    Don't know                3.0 %
    Doesn't hire students    23.2 %


                                   Sample

    Gender
    Male      32.3 %
    Female    67.7 %

    Age                                  Organization size
    18-34        37.5 %                  Under 50 employees        11.8 %
    35-44        28.1 %                  50-99 employees           22.6 %
    45-54        28.1 %                  100-499 employees         12.9 %
    55-64         6.3 %                  500-999 employees         25.8 %
    65 and over   0.0 %                  1,000 employees or more   24.7 %
    No answer     0.0 %                  No answer                  2.2 %

    




For further information:

For further information: Caroline Soulas, Coordinator, Communications,
(514) 879-1636, ext. 224, c.soulas@portailRH.org

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