The Transportation and Warehousing Services Sector provides services to individuals, households, and businesses.  This sector is engaged in transporting passengers and goods, warehousing and storing goods, and providing services to these establishments.  Examples include trucking, rail, water and air transit or passenger lines, pipelines, post offices and courier establishments, as well as warehousing and storage centres.

 

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

 

HIGHLIGHTS

20 employers in the Transportation and Warehousing Services Sector responded to the Employer One Survey

Over 31% indicate they will be hiring the coming year.

Employers rely on word of mouth, online job boards, and unsolicited resumes to recruit new employees.

They indicate little difficulty in finding suitable job candidates.

Transportation and Warehousing Services employers value the ability to work independently, customer service, and dedication and motivation most highly.

Technical Skills are of lesser importance to these employers.

 

Expected Hiring

 

Of the 16 businesses who responded, 5 (31.3%) plan to hire in the next year.

 

Labour Force Supply

 

Nearly 44% of 16 responding companies indicated they had hired in the past year, 1 (20%) of 5 responding companies indicated positions that were difficult to fill. Over 65% of employers indicated that the availability of workers locally was good. 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 3 0 150 0 198
Sales and Service 2 0 0 0 0
Management 0 0 0 0 0
Business, Finance and  Administration 0 0 0 1 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
Natural Resources, Agriculture and Related Production Occupations 0 0 0 0 0
Manufacturing or utilities 0 0 1 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0

 

Occupations in demand between October 2013 and May 2015 in PR (# of positions)
Bus / Truck Drivers 152 Driver Examiner 1
Dispatcher 2 Labourer 1
Technician 2 Manager 1
Book Keeping 1 Mechanic 1

 

How do you rank the availability of workers locally?   14 responses  
Poor Fair Good Excellent
1 7.1% 4 28.6% 9 64.3% 0 0.0%

 

Recruitment

  • More than 70% of employers rely on word of mouth, online job boards, and unsolicited resumes to fill openings.

 

What recruitment methods are used to fill open positions?
Method Number Percent Method Number Percent
Word of Mouth 8 33.3% Job Fairs 1 4.2%
On-site Job Posters 5 20.8% Employment Centres 1 4.2%
Unsolicited Resumes 4 16.7% Newspaper Ads 1 4.2%
Other 2 8.3% Recruitment at Schools 0 0.0%
Company’s Website 1 4.2% Recruitment Agency 0 0.0%
Online Job Board 1 4.2%  

 

Training Needs

  • 8 of 13 or 61.5% of respondents supported the training of their workers.

 

Technical Training Requirements (# of multiple responses)
Health & Safety 4 Mechanical Skills 1
Driving Techniques 3 Policy & Procedures 1
Injury Prevention Program (IPP) 1  
Essential Skill Requirements
Customer Service 1  

 

Source and Barriers to Training Existing Workers

 

  • More than 57% of employers rely on on-the-job training for workforce development.

 

Source of Training No. % Barriers to training No. %
On the Job 8 57.1% Awareness of training support 89 85.6%
Vendor Specific 2 14.3% Cost 4 3.8%
Private Trainer 2 14.3% Productivity Loss During Training 3 2.9%
Online 1 7.1% Awareness of Existing Programs 3 2.9%
Professional Association 1 7.1% Trained Employees Lost to Competitor 3 2.9%
College 0 0.0% Training not Available Locally 1 1.0%
University 0 0.0% Distance to Travel for Training 1 1.0%
Other 0 0.0% Other 0 0.0%

 

Top Competencies of Current and Future Workers

 

Competency Current Employees Future Employees
Number Percent Number Percent
Self-motivated / Ability to work independently 9 23.7% 6 13.0%
Customer Service 7 18.4% 6 13.0%
Dedication and Motivation (Work Ethic) 5 13.2% 6 13.0%
Technical 3 7.9% 3 6.5%
Analytical Problem Solving 3 7.9% 4 8.7%
Written and Verbal Communication 3 7.9% 4 8.7%
Teamwork / Interpersonal Skills 3 7.9% 6 13.0%
Time Management 3 7.9% 4 8.7%
Computer Literacy 1 2.6% 3 6.5%
Willing to Learn 1 2.6% 2 4.3%
Creativity / Entrepreneurialism 0 0.0% 1 2.2%
Other 0 0.0% 1 2.2%