Most Canadian Companies Are Relaxing Hiring Criteria: Poll

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More than one in four Canadian companies have relaxed their hiring criteria to fill positions in a tight labor market, according to a new survey.

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The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals found that 26% of employers are now hiring employees they would have previously overlooked.

Fifty percent of companies surveyed said they ignored a candidate’s lack of skills, 26% ignored a candidate’s ability to pass a background check, and 20% ignored a lack of a degree.

Large companies are more likely to have dropped hiring requirements compared to small companies, but both groups believe these hiring changes will be short-lived and completed before next year.

Shane DeCosta, owner of an Express franchise in Halifax, says he sees this trend in all industries.

“We are seeing companies across a wide range of industry segments, including administrative, accounting, finance and even specialist trades, making adjustments to their requirements. The focus is on candidates who have an aptitude for acquiring skills,” DeCosta said.

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Brent Pollington, owner of an Express franchise in Vancouver, says some businesses are slower to adapt.

“We continue to encounter situations where clients submit a request for candidates with specific skills and experience, and we often need to coach them on what is realistic and hireable in today’s market. Amazing candidates are always available in the market. , but they have a higher cost,” Pollington said.

He added that companies can lower hiring criteria, it is still important that the employee is a good candidate for the company.

Pollington says employers are adapting and using plenty of incentives to deal with the workforce.

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“Yes, we are seeing more and more companies offering training to enable current employees or new employees to acquire the skills required for vacant positions,” he said. “But it’s not just about training – companies are looking at every possible area to identify competitive advantages and ways to attract and retain talent,” Pollington said.

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Express Employment International CEO Bill Stoller said removing barriers to employment would help workers get back to work.

“However, careful considerations for the safety and health of co-workers should be taken into account when waiving employment requirements. With the right investments in training and education, companies can train their skilled workers, ready mentoring the next generation,” Stoller said.

The survey was completed online in Canada between November 10 and December 2, 2021, with 510 Canadian hiring decision makers.

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