I have heard many people complain that companies are not hiring people within their own country, but there are reasons for this. The reasons are either:
- People do not like doing that job. Too dirty, hard, low paying, and/or just unwanted.
- Need specialized people. Many positions have very strict training, experience, and/or other requirements that need to be met.
- A sudden need for workers that is not being filled as quickly as jobs are becoming available.
- People with specialized training are emigrating to other parts of the world with better pay, benefits, and or other incentives.
- Other factors can also be involved.
In many cases, the problem usually is that nobody has the right qualifications to do the job, and anyone who does refuses to work because something within the company is not to their liking. To illustrate this point, examine the following scenarios that correlate with the numbers above.
Work as an oil rigger. Pay is $35/hour. Lots of overtime.
Although this may seem like a dream come true, many have left. There are various reasons why people leave. The reasons I have heard are home sickness, paying $8000 rent divided amongst five other roommates, no social life, cost of living is too high, unfriendly community.
Journeyman mechanic fixing various mining equipment. Pay is $35 an hour. Benefits and others incentives will be negotiated.
This is a job that I would do. Unfortunately, very few people can meet the requirement. A journeyman must have a red seal certification which requires him/her to work as an apprentice for four or more years, and/or an additional five or more years of full-time work in a related field. The requirement will vary depending on the company. In any case, this position is very difficult to fill since qualified people do tend to move around the country and/or the world to find the best place to work. Furthermore, there probably is very few people with that much experience under their belt.
The oil patch in Alberta has more spaces than workers. There are people coming from all sides of Canada, the USA and the world working in Fort McMurray. The demand is so bad they are offering training to jail birds to work as well paid oil riggers. This article can be found at http://www.cbc.ca/canada/new-brunswick/story/2008/07/07/nb-westmoreland.html.
Nurses and doctors in Canada are emigrating to the US because of higher pay, lower taxes, and other incentives. Therefore, the only way to keep these workers is to offer better packages. Since Canada does not, we will continue to have a serious shortage. Opening more spaces for nurses and doctors in universities does not help because many emigrate shortly after graduation.
To learn more about this topic, you can take a look at the following websites. I have found these when I was reading the news a while ago.
Coast Mountain Bus Company looks to Jamaica to ease labor shortage http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/news/story.html?id=cc079dc2-ef6a-48fe-b949-6dc2150b93d2
Industry Training Authority (Red Seal and BC only certification) website http://www.itabc.ca/TrainingPrograms.php
What is red seal certification? http://www.red-seal.ca/Site/index_e.shtml
Truck driver shortage is actually a shortage of experienced, clean driving record drivers. This article is over a year old, but the information gives you an idea of why there are no drivers. http://www.todaystrucking.com/features.cfm?intDocID=18578
Health Personnel shortage because of emigration http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/healthcare/nurses.html