The Information and Communications Services Sector provide services to individuals, households, and businesses. Examples include computer and telephone equipment suppliers, radio and television broadcasting, wireless communications suppliers, audio and video equipment manufacturers, software publishers, data processors, video game publishers, electronic and precision equipment suppliers.
Employer One is a workforce development survey of businesses in Prescott-Russell. Results were from 23 employers in the Information and Communications Services Sector in PR as of May 20, 2015.
23 employers in the Information and Communications Services Sector responded to the Employer One Survey
Nearly 47% indicate they will be hiring the coming year.
Employers rely on word of mouth, on-site job poster, and unsolicited resumés to recruit new employees.
They indicate little difficulty in finding suitable job candidates.
Information and Communications Services employers value written and verbal communication, customer service, the ability to work independently and dedication most highly.
Technical Skills are of high importance for these employers.
- Of the 14 businesses who responded, 6 (42.9%) plan to hire in the next year.
Labour Force Supply
- While 46.7% of 15 responding companies indicated they had hired in the past year, 1 (16.7%) of 6 responding companies indicated positions that were difficult to fill. 64,3% of employers indicated that the availability of workers locally was 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|
|Sales and Service||8||0||0||0||11|
|Business, Finance and Administration||0||0||0||0||0|
|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|
|Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Production Occupations||0||0||0||0||0|
|Manufacturing or utilities||0||0||0||0||0|
|Occupations in demand between October 2013 and May 2015 in PR (# of positions)|
|Sales & Customer Service||6||Telemarketer||2|
|How do you rank the availability of workers locally?||14||responses|
- Over 63% of employers rely on word of mouth, on-site job poster, and unsolicited resumés to fill openings.
|What recruitment methods are used to fill open positions?|
|Word of Mouth||6||31.6%||Newspaper Ads||1||5.3%|
|On-site Job Posters||3||15.8%||Online Job Board||0||0.0%|
|Unsolicited Resumes||3||15.8%||Recruitment at Schools||0||0.0%|
|Employment Centres||3||15.8%||Recruitment Agency||0||0.0%|
- 8 of 11 or nearly 73% of respondents supported the training of their workers.
|Technical Training Requirements (# of multiple responses)|
|Technical Equipment training||2||Journalist||1|
|Essential Skill Requirements|
|Communication Skills||1||Computer Literacy||1|
Source and Barriers to Training Existing Workers
- More than 46% of employers rely on on-the-job training for workforce development.
|Source of Training||No.||%||Barriers to training||No.||%|
|On the Job||7||46.7%||Awareness of training support||90||85.7%|
|College||2||13.3%||Awareness of Existing Programs||5||4.8%|
|Private Trainer||2||13.3%||Training not Available Locally||4||3.8%|
|University||1||6.7%||Productivity Loss During Training||1||1.0%|
|Vendor Specific||1||6.7%||Distance to Travel for Training||1||1.0%|
|Online||0||0.0%||Trained Employees Lost to Competitor||0||0.0%|
Top Competencies of Current and Future Workers
|Competency||Current Employees||Future Employees|
|Written and Verbal Communication||9||16.4%||7||20.0%|
|Self-motivated / Ability to work independently||7||12.7%||5||14.3%|
|Dedication and Motivation (Work Ethic)||6||10.9%||3||8.6%|
|Analytical Problem Solving||4||7.3%||3||8.6%|
|Teamwork / Interpersonal Skills||4||7.3%||2||5.7%|
|Willing to Learn||2||3.6%||1||2.9%|
|Creativity / Entrepreneurialism||1||1.8%||1||2.9%|