Randstad Canada publishes its Workmonitor survey four times a year on employee expectations and mobility. For 2016, the most recent survey reveals a certain optimism by employees.
75% of Canadian employees think that their company will have a better financial performance this year than in 2015. The most commonly cited barrier? The difficulty in finding the talent the company needs. 54% of Canadians also think that this task is complicated for their employer. They also know the candidate profiles that are the biggest problem – according to 40% of them, it’s the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) professionals that their company especially needs. Many employees also advise students to choose a career in this field (77% of the 45 to 67-year-olds), and would do it themselves if they were 18 years old (65% of the same age group).
Young people most optimistic
For 63% of the people interviewed for the survey, Canada’s economic situation is expected to improve in 2016. This average hides disparities between age groups. While only 58% of Canadians aged 45 to 67 years feel this way, 68% of 18 to 24-year-olds are optimistic about the country’s future economic situation. Young people are also more positive from a personal point of view, with 53% of them believing they will receive a financial reward or bonus at the end of the year, compared to 36% of their elders. The same finding notes hopes for a salary increase: 70% of those 18 to 24 are counting on it, while only 55% of those 56 to 67 expect it.