The Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Services Sector supplies services to individuals, households and businesses.  This sector is primarily engaged in growing crops, raising animals, harvesting timber, harvesting fish and other animals from their natural habitats and providing related support activities. Examples include farms or fish hatcheries, forest management and land conservation authorities, nurseries and hothouses, lumber companies, and provincial parks.

 

Employer One is a workforce development survey of businesses in Prescott-Russell.  Results were from 66 employers in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Services Sector in PR as of May 20. 2015.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

66 employers in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting Sector responded to the Employer One Survey

32.8% indicate they will be hiring the coming year.

Employers rely on word of mouth, on-site job Posters, unsolicited resumés and recruitment at schools to fill openings.

They indicate no difficulty in finding suitable job candidates.

Agriculture. Forestry. Fishing and Hunting Services employers value dedication and motivation, and analytical problem solving the most highly.

Technical Skills are of high importance to these employers.

 

Expected Hiring

  • Of the 61 businesses who responded, 20 (32.8%) plan to hire in the next year.

 

Labour Force Supply

  • While over 35.6% of 59 responding companies indicated they had hired in the past year, 5 (25%) of 20 responding companies indicated positions that were difficult to fill. 81% of employers indicated that the availability of workers locally was either good or excellent. This would indicate good labour market supply.

 

Hiring in the past year

 

Occupational Groups where hiring took place in the past year Hiring planned in the coming year
Occupational Group Full Time Part Time
Perm. Temp. Perm. Temp.
Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Production Occupations 6 0 3 103 121
Business, Finance and  Administration 2 0 0 0 0
Sales and Service 2 0 0 6 8
Management 1 0 0 0 0
Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations 0 0 0 0 0
Health Occupations 0 0 0 0 0
Education, Law  or Social, Community & Government Service 0 0 0 0 0
Arts, Culture or Recreation 0 0 0 0 0
Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing or utilities 0 0 0 0 2
Other 0 0 0 0 5

 

Occupations in demand between October 2013 and May 2015 in PR (# of positions)
Seasonal worker 75 Technology research assistant 2
Labour 54 Accountant 1
Sales & Service Representative 7 Executive Assistant 1
On Farm Waitress 4 Farm Manager 1
flower bed designer 2 Farm Mechanic 1
Tree Snippers 2 Winery Contractor 1

 

How do you rank the availability of workers locally?   42 responses  
Poor Fair Good Excellent
0 0.0% 8 19.0% 32 76.2% 2 4.8%

 

Recruitment

  • More than 70% of employers rely on word of mouth, on-site job Posters, unsolicited resumés and recruitment at schools to fill openings.

 

What recruitment methods are used to fill open positions?
Method Number Percent Method Number Percent
Word of Mouth 28 41.8% Online Job Board 2 3.0%
Unsolicited Resumes 10 14.9% On-site Job Posters 1 1.5%
Recruitment at Schools 9 13.4% Job Fairs 1 1.5%
Other 8 11.9% Employment Centres 0 0.0%
Company’s Website 5 7.5% Newspaper Ads 0 0.0%
Recruitment Agency 3 4.5%  

 

Training Needs

  • 31 of 39 or 79.5% of respondents supported the training of their workers.

 

Technical Training Requirements (# of multiple responses)
  #   #
Animal Knowledge 4 Heavy Equipment & Mechanics 7
Computer Skills 1 Milking 5
Crop Knowledge 11 Product Knowledge 12
Customer Service 4 Routine labour 3
Equipment Handling 15 Sales & Service 4
Finance 1 Skid / Forklift 1
Health & Safety 6 Winery Knowledge 1

 

Source and Barriers to Training Existing Workers

  • Over 60% of employers rely on on-the-job training for workforce development.

 

Source of Training # % Barriers to training # %
On the Job 38 60.3% Awareness of training support 91 66.4%
Professional Association 13 20.6% Productivity Loss During Training 23 16.8%
Vendor Specific 9 14.3% Cost 9 6.6%
College 2 3.2% Distance to Travel for Training 6 4.4%
Private Trainer 1 1.6% Awareness of Existing Programs 4 2.9%
University 0 0.0% Training not Available Locally 3 2.2%
Online 0 0.0% Trained Employees Lost to Competitor 1 0.7%
Other 0 0.0% Other 0 0.0%

 

Top Competencies of Current and Future Workers

 

Competency Current Employees Future Employees
Number Percent Number Percent
Dedication and Motivation (Work Ethic) 24 48.0% 23 41.8%
Analytical Problem Solving 12 24.0% 13 23.6%
Technical 7 14.0% 4 7.3%
Willing to Learn 7 14.0% 15 27.3%
Computer Literacy 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Creativity / Entrepreneurialism 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Customer Service 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Other 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Self-motivated / Ability to work independently 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Teamwork / Interpersonal Skills 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Time Management 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Written and Verbal Communication 0 0.0% 0 0.0%