B.C. facing shortage of skilled workers

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By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/31/2011

Over the past year, Vancouver-based Tantalus has hired 64 people, nearly doubling its workforce. And yet the company, which provides Smart Grid technology to utility companies to optimize energy use and conservation, still has at least six senior positions it can’t fill.

“We’re now using four different headhunters. We’re not seeing the calibre of talent that we need,” said Eric Murray, CEO at Tantalus. “We’re looking for people with system capabilities and lots of experience, and they are few and far between.”

Murray hasn’t had trouble finding entry-level people but has had difficulty finding project leaders and senior developers.