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.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

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.

 

Expected Hiring

 

  • 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
Perm. Temp. Perm. Temp.
Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Related Occupations 24 45 0 11 52
Other 7 9 0 0 8
Sales and Service 3 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing or utilities 2 0 0 5 10
Management 1 0 0 0 0
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
Health Occupations 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
Carpenter 18 Estimator 2
Drilling 6 Supervisor 2
Heating Technician 4 Dispatcher 1
Brick Layer 3 Mechanic 1
Electrician 3 Project Coordinator 1
Sales  & Service 3 Receptionist 1
Truck Driver 3 Roofer 1
Cement Finisher 2    

 

How do you rank the availability of workers locally?   40 responses  
Poor Fair Good Excellent
4 10.0% 11 27.5% 23 57.5% 2 5.0%

 

Recruitment

  • 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?
Method Number Percent Method Number Percent
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%
Other 6 8.7% Job Fairs 0 0.0%
Recruitment Agency 5 7.2% Newspaper Ads 0 0.0%
Employment Centres 4 5.8%  

 

Training Needs

  • 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
  Fall Arrest 2 Machinist 1
  General Labourer 2 Proper work attire 1
  Cement Finisher 1 Reading and interpreting blueprints, building codes and shop drawings 1
  Drilling 1 Steel worker 1
  Drivers Licence 1 Trades certification 1
  Essential Skill Requirements      
  Computer Skills 2 Reading & Writing 1
  Problem Solving 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%
Professional Association 14 25.5% Cost 14 10.4%
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%
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) 20 17.9% 20 20.6%
Self-motivated / Ability to work independently 19 17.0% 14 14.4%
Technical 17 15.2% 12 12.4%
Analytical Problem Solving 11 9.8% 9 9.3%
Teamwork / Interpersonal Skills 10 8.9% 8 8.2%
Customer Service 9 8.0% 7 7.2%
Time Management 9 8.0% 10 10.3%
Written and Verbal Communication 7 6.3% 4 4.1%
Willing to Learn 7 6.3% 10 10.3%
Computer Literacy 2 1.8% 2 2.1%
Creativity / Entrepreneurialism 1 0.9% 1 1.0%
Other 0 0% 3 1.8%