Recruitment Briefs (Nov. 18, 2002)

THANKS FOR THE TIP

Toronto
— Jobshark is going to pay users to send the online job board more business. Regular users of Jobshark will be paid a commission any time they direct an organization to the site to post job listings. So-called Jobshark agents will earn a 17.5 per-cent commission on any job posting sale they send. A typical posting of $575, will net the agent $100.

POWER PLAY

Montreal
— One of Canada’s largest online job boards has a new ownership team. Montreal-based Power Corporation of Canada, acquired a 20 per-cent stake in Workopolis last month, taking 10 per cent from each of the two controlling interests. Torstar and Bell Globemedia each will retain 40 per cent of the job board.

NOT ENOUGH MINORITY HIRING

Ottawa
— The federal government’s efforts to hire and promote more visible minorities is coming up short, according to the Public Service Commission. In 2000, the government launched the “Embracing Change” action plan which called for one in five of all new hires to be visible minorities by March 2003, but the commission concluded that target is not going to be met. There has been progress but the targets are also based on old census data which means the government is falling further behind rather than catching up. Visible minorities make up about 12 per cent of Canada’s population but only six per cent of all federal employees.

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