The Manufacturing Services Sector is engaged in the transformation of materials or substances into new products through a manufacturing process or production line. Examples include assembly plants such as those for the automotive industry or electronic components industry, iron and steel mills, and textile mills.
Employer One is a workforce development survey of businesses in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. Results were from 53 employers in the Manufacturing Services Sector in SDG as of May 20, 2015.
53 employers in the Manufacturing Services Sector responded to the Employer One Survey
36% indicate they will be hiring the coming year.
Employers rely on word of mouth, unsolicited resumes, their company’s website, and recruitment agencies to recruit new employees.
They indicate some challenges in finding suitable job candidates.
Manufacturing Services employers value dedication and motivation, ability to work independently, teamwork / interpersonal skills, and willingness to learn most highly.
Technical Skills are very important for these employers.
- Of the 50 businesses who responded, 18 (36%) plan to hire in the next year.
Labour Force Supply
- While over 55% of 52 responding companies indicated they had hired in the past year, 10 (38.5%) of 26 responding companies indicated positions that were difficult to fill. Over 55% of employers indicated that the availability of workers locally was either good or excellent. This would indicate a possible shortage in the 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||250||0||0||0||10|
|Manufacturing or Utilities||175||9||1||1||92|
|Business, Finance and Administration||17||1||0||2||10|
|Sales and Service||3||2||0||0||5|
|Occupations in demand between October 2013 and May 2015 in SDG (# of positions)|
|Material Handler||250||Electronic Technicians||2|
|General Labour||43||Manufacturing Labourer||2|
|Production Workers||33||Cabinet Maker||1|
|Assembler||14||Custom Furniture Builder||1|
|Administrative Assistant||9||Press Operator||1|
|Trades Person||9||Pricing Clerk||1|
|Equipment Operator||6||Production Supervisor||1|
|Office Clerk||5||Purchasing Assistant||1|
|Production Logistics Coordinator||5||Skilled Labourer||1|
|How do you rank the availability of workers locally?||47||responses|
- Nearly 68% of employers rely on word of mouth, unsolicited resumes, their company’s website, and recruitment agencies to fill openings.
|What recruitment methods are used to fill open positions?|
|Word of Mouth||30||30.3%||Online Job Board||6||6.1%|
|Company’s Website||13||13.1%||Job Fairs||4||4%|
|Recruitment Agency||11||11.1%||Employment Centres||4||4%|
|Newspaper Ads||7||7.1%||Recruitment at Schools||0||0%|
|On-site Job Posters||6||6.1%|
- 18 of 30 or 60% of respondents supported the training of their workers.
|Technical Training Requirements (# of multiple responses)|
|Administrative Skills||Health & Safety (5)|
|Agricultural Commodity Awareness||ISO 13485:2003 certification|
|Apprenticeship (2)||Manufacturing Assembler|
|Building Code Knowledge||Manufacturing Support|
|Computer Literacy (4)||Material Handling Equipment|
|Diet-Related Training||Product Training|
|Environment and Orientation Training||Sales Training|
|Estimator||Sector Specific Job Training (2)|
|Etiquette Training- Professionalism||Supervisor Skills|
|Essential Skill Requirements|
|Communications Skills (Oral And Written)||Leadership|
Source and Barriers to Training Existing Workers
- 50% of employers rely on on-the-job training for workforce development.
|Source of Training||No.||%||Barriers to training||No.||%|
|On the Job||32||50%||Awareness of Training Support||94||68.1%|
|University||7||10.9%||Productivity Loss During Training||12||8.7%|
|College||5||7.8%||Training Not Available Locally||7||5.1%|
|Private Trainer||5||7.8%||Awareness of Existing Programs||6||4.3%|
|Vendor Specific||4||6.3%||Distance to Travel for Training||5||3.6%|
|Online||3||4.7%||Trained Employees Lost to Competitor||5||3.6%|
Top Competencies of Current and Future Workers
|Competency||Current Employees||Future Employees|
|Dedication and Motivation (Work Ethic)||26||22.4%||20||14.3%|
|Self-motivated / Ability to work independently||20||17.2%||19||13.6%|
|Teamwork / Interpersonal Skills||15||12.9%||16||11.4%|
|Willing to Learn||14||12.1%||13||9.3%|
|Written and Verbal Communication||7||6%||8||5.7%|
|Analytical Problem Solving||6||5.2%||11||7.9%|
|Creativity / Entrepreneurialism||1||0.9%||6||4.3%|