The Demand for Skilled Talent
2022 Hiring and Employment Trends
Need a better hiring and retention strategy this year? Start with our 2022 Demand for Skilled Talent report and discover what the new hiring landscape will look like, how smart businesses are adapting and what job candidates want most from employers.
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Canadian Labour Market Snapshot
Unemployment Rate (June 2022): 4.9%
Jobs Decreased (June 2022): 43,200*
12-Month Employment Gains (June 2022): 717,600**
*Statistics Canada, Seasonally Adjusted
**Statistics Canada, Seasonally Adjusted, July 2021 to June 2022
Views from the negotiating table
Job seekers are doing their salary research, but pay is only one reason they aren’t accepting new offers.
Why companies lose out on candidates they want to hire
Hiring manager takes too long to make an offer and the candidate accepts another position
Candidate wants more schedule flexibility
Offer doesn’t meet candidate’s salary expectations
How candidates prepare for salary negotiation*
Researched salaries for the role
Calculated an ideal salary based on personal finance needs
Discussed salaries with colleagues
*Multiple responses permitted
A good time to hire, whether contract or permanent
Companies are adding staff across sectors in 2022 for both contract and permanent positions.
Hiring outlook for permanent positions*
Adding new permanent positions
Hiring for vacated positions
*Hiring for the first half of 2022.
Hiring outlook for contract positions
Not using contract employees
**Responses may not total 100 per cent due to rounding.
Raising the incentives bar
Want top talent? Better pay, employee recognition, flexible work arrangements and opportunities for advancement are what workers want most.
Actions employers are taking when hiring*
Offering remote options
Increasing starting salaries
Loosening education, skills or experience requirements
Offering signing bonuses
Increasing paid time off
Reasons workers plan to look for a new job*
Ability to work remotely long term
More opportunity to advance
Better benefits and perks
*Multiple responses permitted
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Workers want flexibility. Employers are reluctant to give it.
Employers are still reluctant to meet employee demands to work anywhere.
Employers' plans to return workers to the office
On a full-time basis
On a part-time basis
Will let each employee decide
Will not be reopening office
Work opportunities of interest to employees*
Remote-optional position (flexibility on where to work)
Hybrid position (remote and in the office)
*Multiple responses permitted; top responses shown
Start a smarter salary discussion
Hiring talent? Negotiating compensation? See the 2022 Salary Guide from Robert Half to:
- Explore national and market-specific salary projections based on real job placements
- Review trends in your profession
- Discover what perks and benefits employers are offering to attract and keep talent — and what workers want most
Labour Force Summary — June 2022, Statistics Canada; July 8, 2022
Labour Unemployment Numbers — June 2022, Statistics Canada; July 8, 2022
Statistics Canada, National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 Version 1.3
Online surveys developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms in 2021. Respondents included executives, senior managers and employees from small (20-249 employees), medium (250-499 employees) and large (500+ employees) private, publicly listed and public sector organizations across Canada.