Almost 70 percent of Canadian employers plan to hire more freelance or contract workers over the next two years as their businesses emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new report.
The report, commissioned by human resources company Ceridian, suggests the odd-job economy will accelerate as companies increase their hiring after the pandemic. More than half of senior executives surveyed online said they plan to increase their workforce over the next 12 months as the economy reopens and 35% said they will turn to freelance or contract workers. to do it.
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Sixty-four percent of employers surveyed believe that the self-employed or odd jobs will significantly replace full-time workers over the next five years.
The pandemic has dramatically altered the balance of power between employers and employees, said Steve Knox, vice president of global talent acquisition for Ceridian. The rise of working from home means that many employees no longer feel tied to one physical workplace. Some employees don’t want to return to the office at all, while others demand a better work-life balance.
âWe expect attrition to increase, really in all organizations,â Knox said. âWe’re already starting to see employees asking, ‘Am I doing the type of work I want to do? They re-evaluate their life.
The potential for a labor shortage means some employers may have no choice but to fill their workforce with temporary workers, Knox said. He says in some cases employers are trying to retain employees who seem to prefer temporary contracts as the workplace evolves and changes after COVID.
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âWe see cases of ‘I just want to go to work for 10 months, then I want to take six months off to travel.’ “Knox said.” People really question that long-term commitment to an employer. “
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In Alberta, employers are starting to hire again thanks to rising oil prices and the end of nearly all public health restrictions related to COVID-19 this week, said Scott Crockatt, spokesperson for the Business Council of Alberta, which represents more than 100 of the chiefs of the province. frames.
But there’s still a lot of caution, Crockatt said, and many companies are unwilling to pull the trigger on permanent hires.
“(Companies) may still be unsure of their labor needs and demands, so in some cases they prefer to hire people on more flexible terms, such as a contract,” he said. he declares.
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While Knox has said some employees appear keen on contract work in the post-COVID environment, Crockatt said this does not appear to be the case in Alberta. He said many workers who have spent the past 15 months weathering the double whammy of a collapsing oil prices and a global pandemic are looking for long-term stability.
“(Companies) find that resistance to contract labor, due to its potentially unstable nature, makes recruiting people doubly difficult,” he said.
According to a May report from Payments Canada, concert workers, including ride-sharing drivers, freelance writers, graphic designers and general contractors, now represent more than one in 10 Canadian adults. three employs workers on stage, according to Payments Canada.
The Ceridian report was conducted by Hanover Research between April 26 and May 17 and interviewed 2,000 senior executives around the world, including 491 in Canada.
By generally accepted survey industry standards, online surveys cannot be given a margin of error because they are not a random sample of the population.
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