Going outside to keep people inside

With labour shortage looming, if not already here, outsourcing an enticing solution
By Janice MacLellan
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/04/2009

There’s been a lot of talk about the labour shortage in Canada. The red-hot Alberta oil patch captures the majority of headlines, complete with anecdotes of fast-food workers who command $25 an hour to flip burgers, but recruiters from St. John to Victoria will likely tell you the labour shortage is not confined to Western Canada.

While there may be a talent shortage in the traditional sense — educated, loyal, trained people who work for the same employers from day to day and year to year — the real problem is rooted in how employers approach and prioritize the resources and support required for administrative and non-core tasks within organizations.

For employers that determine internal staffing is the only way to go for each and every task, the labour shortage is very real and it’s only going to get worse. Ontario is expected to be short more than 360,000 skilled employees by 2025, according to a Conference Board of Canada report released by Ontario’s Workforce Shortage Coalition last fall.