TORONTO, June 26, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Findings from Randstad's latest Global Workmonitor, surveying employees in 32 countries around the world, reveal that most
Canadians believe it is harder for both younger and older workers to
find a suitable job.
When asked to rate their agreement on the statement "I believe it is
hard for young people (aged 25 or younger) to find suitable job," 86%
of respondents agreed or agreed strongly. Similarly to the statement "I
believe it is hard for older people (aged 55 or older) to find a
suitable job," 89% of the respondents agreed or strongly agree, with
only 2% of respondents strongly disagreeing.
The same question asked in the United States saw less pessimism when it
came to young people, with only 64% of respondents agreeing with the
statement. While for older workers agreement was similar with 87%.
Paired with these numbers the respondents felt that both younger and
older workers would be willing to accept work below their education
levels - with 86% agreeing that younger works would do so, and 77%
agreeing that older workers would too. In the US, these figures are
even more in the affirmative, with 90% of respondents agreeing that
young people would accept such work, and 83% for older workers.
"In an increasingly competitive market, companies may be hesitant to
make the larger investments in more experienced workers; or smaller
investments in those who are untested. But as the labour market faces
impending skills shortages, companies need to invest in training the
new generation of workers to replace those skilled workers that will
soon leave. They also need experienced workers who can act as mentors
and help facilitate the integration of young employees," says Jan Hein
Bax, President, Randstad Canada.
Canadians believe in a diversified workplace
While people believe it is hard for both young and old people to find
suitable jobs, they also think organizations should hire younger and
older talent. 78% of those Canadians asked think it is good for their
company to actively recruit young people, while 66% think it is good to
recruit older people. And there could be good news on the horizon for
both age groups, as the last Statistics Canada Labour Force study for
May 2013 indicated a rise in employment in both the under 25s and over
"As shown in the results of the Workmonitor survey, workers are
embracing a more diversified workforce and are seeing the benefits of
building a workplace with multiple generations. Older workers bring
stability and a deep knowledge of their field, which can be
instrumental in critical decision making. On the other hand, younger
workers easily adapt to change and have a fresh outlook on the latest
technology and industry trends that can lead to innovation in processes
and product development. Organizations definitely benefit from both the
invaluable experience of older workers and the creative thinking of the
younger workforce," adds Bax.
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
The Randstad Workmonitor
The Randstad Workmonitor was launched in 2003, and now covers 32
countries around the world, encompassing Europe, Asia Pacific, and the
Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year,
making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over
You can download a copy of the quarterly survey here.
The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a
population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid
job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is 400 interviews per
country, using Survey Sampling International. The 2nd wave of 2013 was
conducted between 18 April and 3 May 2013.
Image with caption: "Randstad asked 405 Canadians their opinion on the value of experience over education, the difficulty of entering the job market at different ages and their perspective on job security. This collection of graphics details the highlights. (CNW Group/Randstad Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130626_C3047_PHOTO_EN_28487.jpg
SOURCE: Randstad Canada
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