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.
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.
- 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|
|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|
|Natural and Applied Sciences and Related 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|
|Occupations in demand between October 2013 and May 2015 in PR (# of positions)|
|Seasonal worker||75||Technology research assistant||2|
|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|
- 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?|
|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%|
|Company’s Website||5||7.5%||Newspaper Ads||0||0.0%|
- 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|
|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%|
|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%|
Top Competencies of Current and Future Workers
|Competency||Current Employees||Future Employees|
|Dedication and Motivation (Work Ethic)||24||48.0%||23||41.8%|
|Analytical Problem Solving||12||24.0%||13||23.6%|
|Willing to Learn||7||14.0%||15||27.3%|
|Creativity / Entrepreneurialism||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%|
|Written and Verbal Communication||0||0.0%||0||0.0%|