The objective of this survey was to understand business needs in relation to their skills requirements and options for enhancing access to skills.
In the spring of 2021, an online survey was completed by 674 business representatives within Alberta.
How we’ll use our findings
Broaden and deepen the evidence the ACC and local chambers can bring forward to articulate the perspectives of the province’s business community
Understand the reality faced by our business community
Make the research available to individual chambers
Businesses are feeling more positive about the long-term future of the province.
The people and technical skill sets that businesses look for when hiring tend to be quite basic and straightforward.
Lack of people skills, lack of technical skills, and lack of applicants are the top cited barriers for recruiting the skills businesses need.
There continues to be a high level of willingness to work with post-secondary institutions (public or private) or provide Work Integrated Learning (WIL) to recruit or acquire skilled workers.
Consistent with previous results, almost six in ten businesses that have had difficulty hiring people with the skills they need have either invested in capital equipment/other technologies (38%) or would consider this (19%) to overcome skills shortages.
Businesses continue to report they are finding it difficult to hire people with either the entry-level or mid-level skills they need to manage their business.
However, while industry-specific technical skills are needed by many businesses, this is where the largest skills shortages are expected over the next three years.
Among businesses that have found it difficult to hire people with the required entry or mid-level skills, 60% report they have undertaken training.
There also continues to be a high level of interest in working with chambers of commerce to connect with and recruit skilled workers.