You don’t have to look very far in the business community to find organizations and leaders willing to share their frustrations with filling jobs. Identifying talent and hiring are probably the biggest issues businesses are facing these days. And it seems widespread, not restricted to one or two sectors.

And now we have some numbers that support the feeling of frustration and identify which industries are facing the steepest climb in securing personnel.

StatsCan has updated its payroll and vacancy numbers. The latest are for August. It shows employers are paying workers more money and there are nearly 30,000 more people with a job than a year earlier. But even higher wages are not enough to fill the gaps in payroll numbers.

There were 20,000 vacant jobs in Saskatchewan in August – about 4 per cent of the overall workforce.

Source: Martin Charlton Communications