Canadian mining and resource businesses expect to grow in 2015, Hays says

6 January 2015 (Last Updated January 6th, 2015 18:30)

A new survey has revealed that more than half of mining and resource employers in Canada expect to grow their business in 2015, but only a third propose to increase permanent headcounts.

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A new survey has revealed that more than half of mining and resource employers in Canada expect to grow their business in 2015, but only a third propose to increase permanent headcounts.

Conducted in November 2014 by recruitment company Hays Canada, the survey found that 53% of the country's mining and resource companies anticipate greater business activity in the coming months.

Owing to the global downturn, the mining industry has had to adjust its hiring plans but is optimistic about growth.

The survey further noted that mining and resource business targets in 2015 and beyond could be undermined if more permanent recruitment, training and retention solutions are not found.

Only 34% will add to permanent staff levels and 20% are planning to reduce staff, threatening productivity and increasing stress levels among existing workers.

"Mining and resource business targets in 2015 and beyond could be undermined if more permanent recruitment, training and retention solutions are not found." 

Hays noted that 40% of employers plan to increase temporary staff levels to address the issues rather than focusing on permanent positions with long-term career growth potential.

In the mining and resource industry, 40% of employers say that skill shortages affect business activity and more than a quarter of respondents acknowledge that fewer people are entering the industry.

In a bid to attract top talent, 59% of mining and resource employers rely on competitive salary packages.

Responses from Canada's mining and resource employers show that 83% of employers intend to offer some form of salary increase in 2015 and that 33% believe the country's economy will continue to strengthen over the next six to 12 months.


Image: Hays' survey suggests that the mining industry adjusts its medium-term recruitment plans. Photo: courtesy of anankkml/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net.