Labour Day Poll: Most Canadians Over Recession Anxiety

                 - 46% more secure in jobs than one year ago
                 - 55% support putting 14 year olds to work
                 - 30% per cent in favour of capping vacations at three weeks

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Nearly half of all Canadians are feeling
more secure in their jobs despite the deepest global recession in decades,
according to a Labour Day poll by
    The survey of just over 1000 Canadians performed by Harris/Decima found
that 46% of Canadian workers feel they have more job security today than they
did a year ago; 38% feel less secure. The survey also found that the vast
majority of Canadians, 88%, are satisfied with their current job situation.
    "Although we've seen daily reports of layoffs and plant closures,
Canadians are feeling pretty good about how they make a living," said Peter
Gilfillan, Senior Vice President of International Sales and General Manager of
Monster Canada. "Anxiety levels seem to be going down, and that's really
    Job security levels vary depending on location, with Canadians living in
Manitoba and Saskatchewan enjoying the highest feelings of job security
compared to the rest of the country.
    When asked what they consider the top job perk, 33% of Canadians polled
put job security ahead of work/life balance (31%), a secure pension (15%), and
a generous salary (12%).

    Public Sector Workers Enjoy More Job Security and Perks

    In this challenging time for labour markets, with some high-profile
public sector strikes around the country this year, the survey also explored
Canadians' views of public and private sector work and found that 53% of those
questioned believe there are more advantages to working in the public sector
than the private sector. When asked about job security, 53% of public sector
workers questioned feel more secure in their jobs than they did one year ago,
compared with 42% of private sector workers.
    The majority of Canadians surveyed feel that government work is rewarding
and makes a real difference. Despite respect for the work, most also believe
government workers make too much money compared to the private sector.

      - Are public sector workers overpaid compared to the private sector?
        39% of public sector workers, and 64% of private sector workers agree
      - Do public sector workers do a lot of paper pushing? 72% of public
        sector workers, and 83% of private sector works agree

    "Most Canadians agree government work is rewarding," added Gilfillan. "I
think that says a lot about the value of public sector careers. As for the
level of compensation, Canadians aren't likely to agree on that anytime soon."

    Tackling a National Labour Shortage

    As Canada faces the challenges of a national labour shortage, compounded
by retiring baby boomers, Canadians surveyed offered strong support for the
following solutions:

      - 94% believe governments should do more to help people with
        disabilities access the job market
      - 71% believe there should be a greater effort put into attracting
        foreign trained professionals
      - 60% favour eliminating the mandatory retirement age
      - 55% support teens aged 14 to 16 should have greater access to the job

    By contrast, Canadians had little support for these ideas:

      - Only 12 per cent support going to a six day work week like some in
      - Only 30 per cent support capping annual vacations at three weeks

    Monster is the world's leading online careers and recruitment resource.
From recruitment to retirement, Monster provides powerful tools to help public
and private sector organizations connect with the best and brightest
candidates in the world. Monster's global reach is unprecedented, collecting
more than 100 million resumes in its data base since 1994.

    The Harris/Decima Survey, conducted from August 13-16, 2009, surveyed
1,009 Canadians, of which 548 are employed. Results for the full sample are
considered accurate +/- 3.1%, 19 times out of 20. To view all of the survey
results or the Monster Employment Index, go to

For further information:

For further information: Robert Waghorn, Monster Canada, (514) 350-0702,; Danna O'Brien, Playbook Communications, (416)
690-5777 x163

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