Tuesday, August 16, 2016
NEWS RELEASE: Worker shortage a reality for Prince Rupert and Port Edward: new study shows
VANCOUVER – Employers in Prince Rupert and Port Edward will have to develop strategies to increase labour participation rates to avoid shortages in the light industrial, retail and hospitality sectors as workers choose more high-paying jobs in the region, according to a new study released by the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table (Skills Table).
The Prince Rupert/Port Edward Labour Supply Study found that labour will be sufficient to meet the demands of the anticipated port expansions in 2017 as more workers will gravitate toward higher-paying positions offered by port facilities and related employers. As a result, the other industries identified will have a difficult time competing for labour because their business models restrict them from offering more competitive wages.
There are other factors contributing to the shrinking labour supply in the region including an overall declining population in the region, a flat youth population, high rates of out-migration and a retiring workforce. Similar to many other rural communities in British Columbia, Prince Rupert and Port Edward struggle to maintain their population and attract new people to fill the labour gap. By 2030, the proportion of working age population in the region is expected to decline from 67 per cent in 2011 to 60 per cent.
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Krista Bax, Executive Director, APGST