Article Date 30/07/2021

Posthaste: Canadian businesses say they can't find employees because applicants are lacking these crucial skills

Source Financial Post

Canadian businesses say they're struggling to find workers, and it's not because potential hires lack training in their field. Rather, it's a lack of "soft skills" holding workers back.

According to a new survey from Harris Poll, commissioned by staffing firm Express Employment Professionals, 59 per cent of Canadian businesses say they can't find qualified employees to fill vacancies. And a third of those businesses say one big reason is because prospective hires don't have soft skills such as dependability, flexibility and a willingness to learn.

It's an issue that could make a labour shortage even worse in the long run, as businesses say those soft skills are proving more valuable than hard skills in a post-pandemic world.

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