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Engineering and Construction Named the Country’s Hottest Sector by Canadians

Posted by Dayana Fraser on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Randstad Canada, the country’s leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services, is pleased to announce that Canadians have voted and named the Engineering and Construction sector as the hottest sector in Canada.

According to the results of a recent independent survey of 7,000 Canadians conducted by ICMA International and sponsored by Randstad Canada, The Engineering and Construction sector (48 per cent) was voted the most desirable of all sectors, with respondents ranking the sector first for long-term job security and working atmosphere.

High Tech Manufacturing followed in second place (47.5%) ranking first for competitive salary, interesting job content, career progression opportunities, good training, work-life balance and strong management. While Transport and Logistics (46.4%), Raw Materials (42.6%) and Services (41.9%) were also listed as the most desirable sectors to work in by Canadians.

Mike Winterfield, President of Randstad Professionals says Randstad Canada’s internal data supports this vote. “Demand for employment candidates among our clients in the Engineering and Construction sector increased 18.43% in the first quarter of 2012 over Q1 2011. We have also seen significant increases in demand in the Logistics and Services sectors, respectively. We have also seen a substantial increase in demand among our Manufacturing and Industrial clients,” he says.

“This boost in the Engineering and Construction sector renders an undeniable need for experienced and talented professionals to power up the industry,” says Winterfield. “But as the sector surges, skilled workers will become harder to find.”

According to Winterfield the Engineering and Construction sector faces skills shortages in a number of areas. “We are seeing the greatest demand in roles such as, Construction management, electrical estimator, industrial designer and project manager,” he says.

“In order for Engineering and Construction companies to compete in the global marketplace they will need to recruit talented, highly skilled professionals,” says Winterfield. “Focusing on recruiting the kind of talent that consistently brings the most value to an assignment is crucial to a company’s long-term growth. Companies with a talent management strategy in place will be better equipped for the future and improve their competitive advantage.”

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