TORONTO, Dec. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - There's remarkable transformation taking place in Canada's largest employment market: with so many technology jobs being created, employers are now competing well outside their own industries to attract the best and brightest talent. That's the message from this year's Greater Toronto's Top Employers, announced this morning by Mediacorp Canada Inc.
"If you're an employee who works in technology, you have a wide range of employers and industries here that need your talent," says Richard Yerema, Managing Editor of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project at Mediacorp. "With so many head offices here, GTA employers are starting to realize that their competition for top talent also includes employers well outside their industry. This is something new for most organizations."
People are often surprised at how many technology jobs are being created in the GTA. A recent study by the Los Angeles-based real estate firm CBRE Group Inc. concluded that Toronto created more tech jobs in 2017 than the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, and Washington, DC combined. More than 28,000 tech jobs were created in the GTA last year. A quick check on the job search engine Eluta.ca returns almost 9,000 current vacancies in the GTA requiring software skills alone.
"Attracting talent in one of the country's most competitive labour markets has encouraged employers to focus on what's important to their workforce," says Kristina Leung, Senior Editor at Mediacorp. "This year's winners offer a mixture of traditional benefits, such as maternity and parental leave top-up, with flexible options that cater to individuals at various stages of life, such as flexible time off policies and arrangements."
Now in its 13th year, the Greater Toronto's Top Employers competition is an editorial project that recognizes employers with exceptional human resources programs and forward-thinking workplace policies. Editors at Mediacorp grade employers on eight criteria, which have remained consistent since the project's inception: (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. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. The annual competition is open to any employer with its head office in the Greater Toronto Area; employers of any size may apply, whether private or public sector.
Founded in 1992, Mediacorp Canada Inc. is the nation's largest publisher of employment periodicals. Since 1999, the Toronto-based publisher has managed the Canada's Top 100 Employers project, which includes 18 regional and special-interest editorial competitions that reach over 15 million Canadians annually through a variety of magazine and newspaper partners, including The Globe and Mail. Mediacorp also operates Eluta.ca, one of Canada's largest job search engines, which reaches over seven million unique visitors annually and features editorial reviews from the Canada's Top 100 Employers project. Together with Willis Towers Watson, Mediacorp hosts Canada's largest annual conference for senior-level HR professionals, the Top Employer Summit, held in Vancouver and Toronto.
The full list of winners, together with the editors' detailed reasons for selection, were published today and are accessible via the competition homepage. More stories about this year's winners can be found in the announcement magazine published in The Globe and Mail this morning.
SOURCE Mediacorp Canada Inc.
For further information: Tony Meehan, Publisher, Mediacorp Canada Inc., 416-964-6069 x1464