TORONTO -- Despite a seemingly never-ending flood of layoffs and bankruptcies, hiring is happening – just at a much slower pace. Job website Indeed says the number of postings it is receiving is roughly half of its 2019 average.
Brendon Bernard, an economist with Indeed, told CTVNews.ca on Wednesday that the "major shock to the system" caused by the pandemic seems to have stabilized since posting levels bottomed out in mid-April.
According to Statistics Canada, job losses were largely concentrated in major industries where working from home is impossible, including retail, restaurants, hotels, construction and manufacturing.
While every industry has seen drops in job postings on Indeed, the decreases have been relatively mild in a few fields. Chief among those is health care, where the drop has been just over 20 per cent.
"You have job openings holding up relatively well for doctors and nurses, as well as personal support workers (and) health-care aides," Bernard said.
Still, Hein estimates that it will take "several months" for hiring levels to return to anything like what they were before the shutdown, with many companies playing catch-up on pre-pandemic recruitment efforts. Then there are the new jobs being created as companies gear up to return to something resembling normal operations.
Some employers are responding to this by creating new positions in health and safety administration.
It isn't just because of government orders. Workers – especially those who live with those at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 – are also more concerned about workplace health and safety than they were before the pandemic, leading companies to develop new policies around health and train their employees on them. This creates even more potential for new jobs in this area.
All organizations are looking to enhance their health and safety programs.
Even when open positions exist, businesses may have ideas about how to fill them that don't involve hiring strangers who sent in resumes. Culo said many of the businesses she has talked to plan to bring back the workers they laid off during the pandemic before looking at other hiring pools.