The war continues

Despite the IT meltdown, the battle for talent rages on
By Bruce McAlpine
|CHRR, Guide to Recruitment & Staffing|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

Organizations hardest hit by the recent information technology meltdown include the telecommunications, IT manufacturing and e-business solutions sectors. However, there are still numerous opportunities for candidates with in-demand skill sets in finance, banking, biotechnology, biomedicine and manufacturing operations in business hubs, particularly Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa.

Across the country, staffing specialists at the more than 800 member offices of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services (ACSESS) continue working at a steady pace, with no significant slowdown in sight in spite of this high-tech upset which sent tremors through various parts of the country.

In June 2001, Canada’s unemployment rate was 6.7 per cent — only a slight increase from 6.3 per cent a year ago. Statistics indicate the market for talent is tight and the war for top-performers is likely to get worse. Currently, “in-demand” skill-sets are held by accounting, engineering, sales, call centre and e-commerce specialists, as well as some clerical staff.