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Hays Canada aims to tackle skills shortages in Alberta with new office

Hays Canada, a national recruitment company, is opening an office in the Manulife Place building in Edmonton to serve its construction and property management clients’ growing recruitment needs. Hays’ Edmonton office, which opened on July 1, will focus on residential, commercial, and heavy industry construction, as well as engineering, architecture and interior design. On the property management side, Hays will focus on building operators, facility managers, site administrators and property management positions.

According to data collected for Hays Canada’s 2014 Salary Guide, 74 per cent of employers in Alberta experience moderate to significant skills shortage. That figure dips slightly for the province’s property management employers to 71 per cent, but rises to 84 per cent for its construction employers.

At the same time Albertan employers in both sectors are optimistic about growth. More than three-quarters predicted increased business activity for 2014 (76 per cent of construction, 84 per cent of property management employers), and more than half also expected to increase permanent staff (56 per cent of construction, 61 per cent of property management employers). The pressure between supply and demand created a need for more on-the-ground consulting from Hays. 

“Having a permanent presence in Edmonton will allow Hays to provide a higher level of support and service for our existing clients,” said Jim Fearon, Vice President, Central Region, Hays Canada. Hays has seven office in Canada including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Mississauga and Ottawa.

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