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CEO’s Worry About Skills Shortage—and They Should

CEO’s Worry about Skills Shortage—and They Should

77% of CEO’s worry that skills shortages will impair their growth and it is also cited by economists as the number one constraint on economic activity. Fortunately, the Canadian Employee Relocation Council is always looking at solutions. They polled 10,000 professionals around the globe to get their opinions on relocating and they found that Canada is one of the most desired locations.
The United States with Trump at the helm is still the most desirable locale for employees inclined to relocate, with 30% willing to make the move (although that is down 4% from 2012). Canada is second up by 2%, as 22% of employees are willing to leap to our country for the beer, mountains, and our sense of humour. The UK and Australia were tied for 3rd with 19%.
The truth is despite an interest in relocating, in Canada less than 1% of us move between provinces. Globally the respondents who might consider moving internationally only said they would with almost unreasonable expectations.
The top list of benefits candidates wanted to relocate includes the ability to return to their own job within 2 years, language training, airline tickets for family visits and immigration assistance for their spouse.
Health Care was the #1 most important reason candidates chose their destination country, followed by the friendliness of the people and having a good social security system. Education, economy and finally taxes rounded out the motivating factors.
I’m not moving from where I live in Victoria, BC for all the tea in China, but it is great to see what might move skilled people from around the world!


Kael Campbell is President and Lead Recruiter of Red Seal Recruiting Solutions, a company providing recruitment services in mining, equipment and plant maintenance, utilities, manufacturing, construction, and transportation. When he is not recruiting, Kael spends as much time as possible with family in the great outdoors and on the water. He volunteers his time as a Board Member of the Entrepreneurs Organization of Victoria and a Member of Victoria Marine Search and Rescue. You are invited to subscribe to our employer newsletter or submit your resume.

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