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Western Canada and Saskatchewan HR Trends Report (Spring 2017)

March 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kit Mazurak
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In November 2016, HR professionals from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia were invited to participate in the Western Canada HR Trends Survey. This survey has resulted in the production of two reports for CPHR Saskatchewan members: the Western Canada HR Trends Report and the Saskatchewan HR Trends Report.

These reports are tools for HR practitioners and departments in Saskatchewan to make informed decisions with reliable information on what is occurring in Saskatchewan's workplaces. Good labour market information can help human resources practitioners make better decisions in giving human resources advice to their stakeholders. CPHR Saskatchewan has commissioned this report to help fill the labour information void for our members and to discover industry benchmarks that can help human resources professionals make better talent management decisions.


Expected Change in Employment

•    Since the last report, organizations in Saskatchewan are significantly more likely to expect an increase in their headcount in the next six months. In late 2016, the 23% who expected growth were nearly balanced by the 22% who expected to lose employees. Now 29% expect growth and 20% expect to lose team members.
•    Termination without cause remains the most common expected reason to lose employees in the next three months - and is essentially unchanged from last time.

Termination Causes

•    In the last report, Termination without cause was essentially tied with resignation for a better opportunity, as the common reason for employees to leave.  Now 39% say that Termination without cause is the most common reason for leaving overall in most employee categories.
•    Interestingly, retirement increased slightly as a reason for leaving and is now the most common reason among executives.
•    Nearly two-thirds (65%) of HR managers are confident they can fill vacancies with workers who have equivalent experience and qualifications. Only 3% are very worried about finding qualified replacements. The overall level of confidence has increased dramatically in the last 6 months.

Temporary Layoffs

•    Temporary layoffs are becoming increasingly common in Saskatchewan. Nearly three in ten organizations report engaging in the practice (up 6%).
Employee Turnover
•    Employee turnover is expensive and getting more so. In Saskatchewan, the costs saw a significant increase over the last year from just over $15,000 to above $19,000, an increase of $4,000.

HR Consultants

•    About a quarter (26%) of organizations in Saskatchewan employ external HR consultants. This is more common with large organizations (40%).
•    Among those who use external HR consultants the primary reason they were employed was to access specialized and expert knowledge to contribute to a specific project (80%).

Pay Equity

•    18% of respondents believe their organization has a gender wage gap. This belief is highest within medium-sized organizations (26%).
•    The top 3 actions that respondents believe that can improve pay equity are primarily about communication. The most common recommended action - clearer communication on how bonuses, cost of living increases and raises are determined (54%) and clearer communication on how overall compensation is determined (50%).  This practice is much more common among large organizations (52%).

You can find full copies of the reports here:

Saskatchewan Spring Report

Western Canada Spring Report

Western Canada Infographic

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Saskatchewan (CPHR Saskatchewan)
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