The Construction and Utilities Services Sector is primarily engaged in providing construction, reparation and renovation services to individuals, households and businesses, as well as operating electric, gas and water utilities. Examples include plumbing, electrical, masonry, roofing, and painting firms; hydro generation and telecommunications companies; and municipalities.
Employer One is a workforce development survey of businesses in Prescott-Russell. Results were from 59 employers in the Construction and Utilities Services Sector in PR as of May 20, 2015.
59 employers in the Construction and Utilities Services Sector responded to the Employer One Survey
Over 48% indicate they will be hiring the coming year.
Employers rely on word of mouth, unsolicited resumes, their company’s website, and employment centres to recruit new employes.
They indicate no difficulty in finding suitable job candidates.
Construction and Utilities Services employers value dedication and motivation, ability to work independently, and analytical problem solving the most highly.
Technical Skills are very important to these employers.
- Of the 46 businesses who responded, 24 (48%) plan to hire in the next year.
Labour Force Supply
- While over 46% of 47 responding companies indicated they had hired in the past year, 8 (38.1%) of 21 responding companies indicated positions that were difficult to fill. Over 62.5% of employers indicated that the availability of workers locally was either good to 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|
|Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations||24||45||0||11||52|
|Sales and Service||3||0||0||0||0|
|Manufacturing or utilities||2||0||0||5||10|
|Arts, Culture or Recreation||0||0||0||0||0|
|Business, Finance and Administration||0||0||0||0||1|
|Education, Law or Social, Community & Government Service||0||0||0||0||0|
|Natural and Applied Sciences and Related Occupations||0||0||0||0||0|
|Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Production Occupations||0||0||0||0||0|
|Occupations and Number of Positions hired between October 2013 and May 2015 in PR|
|Construction Labourer||33||Construction Technician||2|
|Sales & Service||3||Receptionist||1|
|How do you rank the availability of workers locally?||40||responses|
- More than 73% of employers rely on word of mouth, unsolicited resumes, their company’s website, and employment centres to fill openings.
|What recruitment methods are used to fill open positions?|
|Word of Mouth||29||42.0%||Recruitment at Schools||2||2.9%|
|Unsolicited Resumes||13||18.8%||On-site Job Posters||1||1.4%|
|Company’s Website||9||13.0%||Online Job Board||0||0.0%|
|Recruitment Agency||5||7.2%||Newspaper Ads||0||0.0%|
- 20 of 29 or 69% of respondents supported the training of their workers.
|Technical Training Requirements (# of multiple responses)|
|Health & Safety||10||Estimator||1|
|Product Knowledge||6||First Aid & CPR||1|
|Equipment Handling||5||Gas Certification||1|
|Computer Skills||2||HVAC Certification||1|
|General Labourer||2||Proper work attire||1|
|Cement Finisher||1||Reading and interpreting blueprints, building codes and shop drawings||1|
|Drivers Licence||1||Trades certification||1|
|Essential Skill Requirements|
|Computer Skills||2||Reading & Writing||1|
Source and Barriers to Training Existing Workers
- 40% of employers rely on on-the-job training for workforce development.
|Source of Training||No.||%||Barriers to training||No.||%|
|On the Job||22||40.0%||Awareness of training support||91||67.4%|
|College||5||9.1%||Productivity Loss During Training||10||7.4%|
|Private Trainer||5||9.1%||Trained Employees Lost to Competitor||6||4.4%|
|Online||4||7.3%||Training not Available Locally||5||3.7%|
|Vendor Specific||4||7.3%||Distance to Travel for Training||5||3.7%|
|University||1||1.8%||Awareness of Existing Programs||4||3.0%|
Top Competencies of Current and Future Workers
|Competency||Current Employees||Future Employees|
|Dedication and Motivation (Work Ethic)||20||17.9%||20||20.6%|
|Self-motivated / Ability to work independently||19||17.0%||14||14.4%|
|Analytical Problem Solving||11||9.8%||9||9.3%|
|Teamwork / Interpersonal Skills||10||8.9%||8||8.2%|
|Written and Verbal Communication||7||6.3%||4||4.1%|
|Willing to Learn||7||6.3%||10||10.3%|
|Creativity / Entrepreneurialism||1||0.9%||1||1.0%|