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A new report identifies unaffordable housing but also transit as obstacles to the recruitment of staff.

These findings emerge from a survey into factors affecting employee recruitment in Greater Victoria that Chemistry Consulting Group conducted between July 15 and Aug. 10. They match earlier reporting in the Saanich News, which found local companies are struggling to fill jobs, with unemployment in July around 3.7 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.

August 22, 2017 by admin

Many businesses in Greater Victoria say they're having trouble attracting and retaining workers because of a lack of affordable housing.

According to Chemistry Consulting, in a new survey involving 250 businesses in the capital region, 78 per cent of respondents reported having trouble recruiting for entry-level positions, 42 per cent said it was difficult to hire middle managers and 24 per cent indicated senior management positions were challenging to fill.

The main reason, according to respondents, was the cost and availability of housing.

August 16, 2017 by admin

A lack of affordable housing is hampering Victoria’s economic growth because companies are struggling to attract and retain workers, a new study has found.

The study on employee recruitment was commissioned by the Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council, Tourism Victoria, Vancouver Island Construction Association and the region’s chambers of commerce. It said 60 per cent of the businesses surveyed cited lack of housing as the top reason they have trouble recruiting talent.

August 16, 2017 by admin


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