COMP NEWS –  A new poll sheds light on the struggles Canadian businesses have found in seeking both top talent and workers with digital skillsets.

The COVID-19 pandemic compelled many Canadian businesses to adopt a digital-first mindset to survive, but most organizations are struggling to find workers with the skills necessary to compete in today’s marketplace, find a new poll conducted by KPMG in Canada. As well 52 percent of those surveyed are not confident they will find people with the skills we need and will consider recruiting outside Canada


The pool found that nearly 80 per cent of the businesses surveyed say they need more workers with digital skills, however, better than two thirds are having trouble finding and hiring needed talent. This inability to find or retain talent was identified as the number one threat to their growth prospects. This has led to employers seeking help outside of Canada.

Results from the survey indicate that the shift from onsite work to various degrees of remote work has left many businesses feeling unprepared to make the transition with their current IT capacities. 79 percent of those surveyed specified that they needed more workers with IT skillsets to compensate.

Many Canadian businesses are now seeking employees globally to fill the shortage.

The trend for Canadian employers to seek help from a global IT force is underway with recruiting ramping up by searching broadly worldwide to relocate employees or outsourcing digital work to firms and agencies abroad.

Specifically, employers are struggling to fill positions in areas such as operations and logistics, manufacturing and production, IT, digital transformation, and sales and marketing, according to the survey of 42,000 employers in 43 countries from ManpowerGroup, the third largest staffing agency in the world, in June of 2021.

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