Employees aren’t assets, they’re selling a service

In the not-too-distant future, recruitment and retention will reflect supplier negotiation
By Brian Orr
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

In spite of continuing concerns about the economy, the war for talent is resuming.

Many industry sectors, other than information technology occupations, are beginning to forecast labour shortages in 2003. In some sectors recruitment challenges have remained intense. For example, in health care, recruitment continues to be increasingly difficult year after year.

Although layoffs grab the news headlines, increasing shortages in some occupations are also receiving media attention. Recently released census data that puts figures on the aging of the workforce is fuelling more discussion of the long-term shortages in professional and skilled trades occupations. (See “Workforce going grey,” by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.)