Rubin Thomlinson LLP

Rubin Thomlinson LLP

September 07, 2010 11:41 ET

Ontario Companies Are Hiring, Looking for New Hires, Using the Internet and Offering Pre-Recession Salaries

Rubin Thomlinson's Employment Survey 2010 Indicates

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) -

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From hourly workers, administrative employees to senior management; a recent survey of Ontario companies indicates they expect to hire more workers in the third quarter and to the end of 2010, a trend that began in the second quarter of this year.

The survey also indicates companies will be looking to hire full-time permanent employees. Fully 84.7% of respondents indicate they are looking for full-time workers vs. part-time at 28% or short-term or project specific contract at 38.9%.

Janice Rubin, Managing Partner of Rubin Thomlinson LLP, an employment law firm in Toronto says, "Our survey indicates that not only are employers re-hiring workers who were terminated during the recession (57.1%) but offering compensation at pre-recession levels (61.1%). Rubin adds, "This finding is noteworthy given general concerns about the strength of the economic recovery."

"Last year at this time our survey results indicated that uncertainty and low-morale dominated the workplace environment," adds Ms. Rubin. "This year employers appear to be looking at an expanded pool of experienced candidates and keeping their eye out for good talent as more employees feel secure in looking for new opportunities."

The survey also indicates that the web is playing a larger role in recruitment. More than half of the employers who responded (52.5%) will be using both the Internet and company websites (59.6%) to find new employees and social networking sites, (12.1%) are also another avenue that employers are using to find new talent. Recruiters or employment agencies were sited by 40.4%.

As for lessons learned from the recession, Rubin cited the value of anticipating the possibility of terminating employees at the outset of the employment relationship by using employment contracts. "If the termination cost is known at the outset, it is easier to manage in the event of an economic downturn" she says.

Rubin Thomlinson LLP conducted their Employment 2010 survey between July 12-July 26, 2010. 

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