CBC’s Anna Maria Tremonti interviews Alan about employment and the economy

What is the current state of the job market? Where are the quality jobs? What defines a good career these days? This week is a special podcast recorded from CBC’s radio show The Current. Host Anna Maria Tremonti interviewed Laurell Ritchie National Representative from the Canadian Auto Workers and myself on the state of employment in the Canadian marketplace, at this time.

The good news is that we are seeing a measure of confidence returning to the employment market. Benjamin Tal author of the most recent Canadian Employment Quality Index shared that employment showed a modest gain, however employment quality actually dropped 3.8 per cent. Self-employment has surged by three per cent over the past six months vs. a 0.5 per cent decline in paid employment. I am hearing from a number of HR managers and recruiters that they are now starting to hire again, the lead in the start of a recovery is the hiring of more professionals on contract (hence why the quality index has dropped). Once the market has fully stabilized you will see more full-time hiring. On a very positive note, Eric Schmidt CEO of Google shared at a speech of the Association of National Advertisers last week “We know we have begun the recovery because searches for terms like “restaurants” and “dancing” are increasing. I think we should be optimistic”

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