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Finding Skilled Labor

Posted By Sukhi Brar, Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

The ongoing challenge in our area is finding skilled employees. The real estate market has been soaring in the past few years, which has placed Vancouver as one of the most expensive cities to live in. The high costs are forcing people to find affordable housing far from the city, or locating to new urban areas where the cost of living is lower.

To combat these challenges, we looked at ways to enhance our recruiting process. The first thing we examined was our pay structure. It’s essential to ensure that our wages reflect the increases in the cost of living to maintain our current employees, and to attract new ones. We also have started working with local organizations that help find employment for new immigrants. Often language barriers exist when hiring an employee that is new to the country, so we bring in translators throughout the training process to ensure the employee is familiar with the job, and with safety. The most successful recruiting tool we have is our employees. They can be the best people to promote the company to their friends and family.

The next step to combat the shortage of labor is to invest further in automation. Automation reduces our reliance on manual labor while increasing production.   

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Lack of Skilled Labor, Shortages

Posted By Doug Hoyle, Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

In my extensive travels, upwards of 700 customer locations in the last 2 years, the same concern surfaces in every demographic and geographic area of the country: labor shortages. Many of our customers are expressing significant concerns about the lack of skilled and unskilled labor. The lumber industry has an aging workforce, and replenishing the rapidly retiring workforce has proven to be difficult. As the economy has steadily increased over the last few years, so has the growth of the housing industry. This has led to an increase in demand for lumber, building materials and related household goods. Many customers have had to decline jobs due to the supply and demand imbalance.

 Increased economy, increased discretional spending, immigration and undocumented worker controls, increased pay and benefit offerings from retail and restaurant employers are all contributing factors to labor. There is competition in the general labor force with competitive wages, but there’s not enough publicity about the opportunities in the lumber-related industry.

 Recruitment and publicity will help at the elementary, high school and technical school level; college recruitment for management and sales positions. Employers should consider increased wages and benefits to compete with businesses and industry in the surrounding area, and upgrade technology of the machinery and equipment as to provide for a more skilled and higher paid workforce.

Tags:  immigration  labor  recruitment  retention  skilled labor 

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