News briefs (Dec. 3, 2001)

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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/28/2001

TAKING THE LONG VIEW

Ottawa — Canadian high-tech employers are carefully managing human resources during tough times to ensure they still have a highly skilled workforce when things pick up again. A survey of technology companies, by consulting firm Personnel Systems, reveals 40 per cent are going ahead with salary increases in the six- to seven-per-cent range. There have been a lot of layoffs, said Janice Schellenberger of Personnel Systems, but there are also significant parts of the sector hiring, going ahead with salary increases and delivering training. The study reveals 64 per cent are in a hiring freeze, and 50 per cent said they will be reducing staff but mostly in the non-critical business areas. Nearly half said they are maintaining training budgets while those spending less indicated they are looking to continue training but through less costly means.

CANADIANS LESS INTERESTED IN U.S. JOBS