B.C., Yukon hotels turn to Philippines to fill labour shortage

Lack of skilled workers limits business opportunities, survey
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/30/2006

Hotels in British Columbia and the Yukon are developing a housekeeper recruitment program focused on residents of the Philippines to help them fill the labour shortage that is affecting the industry.

A new survey by the B.C. and Yukon Hotels' Association found that many hotel operators are struggling to fill vacant staff positions and these vacancies are contributing to the need to reduce services and lost business opportunities.

The association surveyed its 580 members and the 122 respondents said while they have been using a variety of traditional methods to recruit staff, ranging from newspaper ads to website job boards and recruiting agencies, none of these methods have been that effective.