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Job Vacancy Rate Remains Highest in B.C.

Monday, December 19, 2016 @ 5:59 AM

helpwanted2Prince George, B.C.- If you are looking for work, B.C. is the place to be, at least that is what the latest stats from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business would suggest.Acording to the CFIB,   nationally, the private sector job vacancy rate  held steady  at 2.4% in the  third quarter of this year,  but B.C.’s rate is higher.

In this province,  the  vacancy rate inched up 0.2 points to 3.5%,  making it the highest in all of Canada.  “The third quarter vacancy rate translates into over 60 thousand jobs left unfilled” says  CFIB Vice President for B.C. and Alberta,  Richard Truscott.

Truscott says in B.C.   many of the job vacancies are in the service sector ” areas of information services, health care workers,  professional services,  those are the ones that are seeing the  job vacancy rates rise the most in the  most recent period.  But overall, we’re  seeing some fairly high rates in B.C. right across the province  in construction,  transportation and in hospitality.    So it’s  pretty broadly  spread across the economy.”

He says it’s becoming quit difficult for small business to recruit  qualified  people  to work in their business “That’s the downside of a strong economy,  smaller businesses  have a heck of a time trying to find people to work in their business.”

So while  the  vacancy rate is good news for those looking for  work, Truscott says the unemployment rate is still “stubbornly  high.  That tells me there  is a misalignment between the skills and qualifications of the people looking for work and the jobs  that are available.”   He says  one way governments can help out is to  step in and   provide more job training to make sure people are well qualified  for the jobs that are out there.



There never has been a shortage of work here in PG despite what many nay Sayers spout the question is how much are they willing to work for. There are currently 75 postitions available in the professional trucking industry but the pay varies depending on whether it’s lng haul or short haul.

The question is are you willing to work for average $17 for short haul and be home every night or get paid $25 average for long haul but be home less than 1-3 days out of every 10

$17.00 an hour to drive truck? That ridiculously low considering the responsibility a driver has, especially if dangerous goods are involved. No wonder there are 75 positions available, a person could get a job for the same pay working 9-5 Monday to Friday sitting in a warm office and not have to worry about frozen brakes, breakdowns, flat tires, icy roads, traffice, long hours…

    it’s all in how you view it be home every night on a short haul and be with your family or do long haul and maybe not see your family for more than 2 or 3 days out of every 10

    Cost vs family

    I agree, that isn’t what I’d consider good pay.

“It’s a structural issue that reflects the fact that there is a significant mismatch between the skill set that is available and the skill set that is needed,” Tal said in an interview. I copied and pasted those same words in the last paragraph of this news article from the following MacLean’s news article;

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So if anyone is wondering why BC has a higher job vacancy rate, even though the unemployment rate remains high, the reason is because those jobs are low paying, crappy jobs. So how does business fill them? Hire Temporary Foreign Workers who are will to put up with the low paying crappy work. Oh, and FYI, local short haul 5 ton trucking jobs pay between $14 and $15 per hour, this according to a friend who has worked for a few local companies.

The CFIB have their head up their ass. Look at small employers that save money and have excellent customer service by scheduling more hours per week, pay little better and keep employees longer.Everytime you loose an employee your training investment and time in that person is lost and your customer service suffers. If your employees are happy and productive they make more for you and clients return. Its one way to beat the big boys.

Nothing more than political rubbish.

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