The results of a survey on human resources needs for the Capitale-Nationale carried out by the firm Léger show that the attraction and retention of labor remains a major challenge for entrepreneurs since 80% of ‘of them plan to hire over the next year.
“We were already well affected by a labor shortage before the pandemic. We note that this crisis, contrary to what some people argue, could well accentuate this problem in certain sectors, ”said Steeve Lavoie, President and CEO of the Quebec Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“The shutdown of the economy has offered the opportunity for several employees to reorient themselves in sectors other than the catering, tourism and hotel industry which could be greatly affected by this situation,” he added.
“There are sectors that are benefiting a little from the crisis. There are needs that have arisen. Besides IT and the video game industry, there is the financial sector. Accounting offices are overwhelmed because companies have administrative needs, ”he gave as an example.
This survey was conducted by Léger from November 11 to December 1, 2020 among 501 executives or managers of companies with more than five employees in the Capitale-Nationale region.
Although the pandemic has prompted several companies to go digital faster than expected, nearly a third of them still say they are behind in their digital development.
The advent of telework is one of the most important factors of this change since 68% consider that the purchase of equipment for teleworking was the strongest financial consequence during the pandemic.
“What we see are very lucid people, in the context, who know what to expect. In many areas such as teleworking, digitization and training, we have jumped 5 to 10 years ahead. Telecommuting is no longer new. It’s made a choice, ”said Mr. Lavoie.
This reorganization of work has impacts elsewhere. According to the survey, 21% of respondents had to make changes in their office rental contract and 18% claim to have had to bear contract cancellation fees, particularly with various suppliers.
Furthermore, a strong majority of companies (58%) have adapted their services or products to adjust to the new reality.