A large number of job opportunities are available in Windsor-Essex.
More than 2,800 vacant jobs were posted online Thursday after 3,100 opportunities the day before.
“There’s still a lot of room for movement,” said Justin Falconer, CEO of Workforce Windsor-Essex. “It’s been a tough 12 months. We’ve certainly seen a lot of people drop out of the workforce.”
Falconer said the number of available opportunities in the region is near a 12-month record high of about 7,700 jobs lost, but about 7,000 new jobs filled in just the last two months, as employers work to fill vacancies and retain them. existing staff.
“People are always looking for more paychecks and benefits,” explains Falconer. “People are looking for growth and development opportunities. People also look for a great work environment and a great company culture and boss. So, you know, everybody’s out looking for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”
“We’re kind of coming out of the pandemic and people, if they haven’t made a career change, they’re thinking about what they really want long term.”
Larry Koscielski, vice president of process and technology development at Centreline in LaSalle said the company currently has 50 vacancies.
“In some positions we have a four day work week, if successful some remote work that has normalized I guess, you know, developed a lot during COVID but also at some point now we have succeeded. that it is possible, depending on the position,” Koscielski told CTV News.
“I think this is getting us to a point where as an employer, we need to fight a little bit harder to get what we need. And I think employers can whine or complain about it or do something about it, and we choose to do something about it.
Despite high inflation rates and economic uncertainty, a survey recently released by business consulting firm Robert Half shows as many as half of Canadians plan to change jobs in the coming year.
Falconer cautioned that while the timing may be right, job seekers should be mindful of current economic conditions, suggesting many people are returning to the workforce out of necessity.
“You know, did they come back by choice? Are they coming back out of necessity because bills are up and they need extra income. I mean, only the family knows that,” he said.
“There are some good signs, the last few months we have seen a net increase in new jobs in the area. Job postings are relatively high. We know that skills are needed. We have great economic prospects going forward with the construction of a giga factory and the supply chain that will be built around it to support it.”
Falconer added, “We know Windsor is moving in a really positive and strong direction, and there’s going to be great job opportunities here, so I think word will get out there, but it’s also going to continue to drive house prices and other things in surrounding. We.”