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In the survey sample, 58% of employers had experience hiring and employing recent immigrants. Just under 8% of employers were deemed bilingual in that employees were required to speak some language other than English in the workplace. The most common other language required was French. The research was guided by a partnership between Workforce Planning Hamilton, the Francophone Immigration Network, and the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council’s (HIPC) Employment Working Group. The complete project report can be downloaded from www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca.

About the HIPC Employment Working Group

Comprised of local service providers, government, and business organizations, the Employment Working Group of the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council focuses on the employment and labour market needs of recent immigrants to Hamilton. This Working Group seeks to increase newcomers’ awareness of employment and training services, improve newcomers’ access to the local labour market, and engage employers to support the hiring and integration of newcomers in the workplace. Sources: Sarah V. Wayland and Gerald Bierling, Hiring Immigrants Project: Final Report (Hamilton: Workforce Planning Hamilton, 2013); Statistics Canada, Study: Projected trends to 2031 for the Canadian labour force, The Daily, August 17, 2011; Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Facts and Figures 2012 Preliminary tables; Sarah V. Wayland, 2010. A Demographic Profile of Immigrants in Hamilton, Final Report. Prepared for the City of Hamilton Immigration Strategy; Census of Canada (2006); Labour Force Survey (2012). This document was prepared by Sarah V. Wayland, PhD, as part of the Hiring Immigrants Project (2013.)

June 2013

Funded by:

diverse

COMPETITIVE activities ADVANTAGE benefits

• • • • • •

Hamilton employers, are you looking to strengthen your competitive advantage? resources

cost

To gain a better understanding of employer readiness for hiring recent immigrants (arriving within the past 10 years) in Hamilton, several organizations came together to conduct a survey of local employers. A total of 318 employers responded to the survey which was administered by three trained telephone agents. The sample is representative of the overall employer population in Hamilton with respect to sector and size (81% goods producing, 19% services producing; more than half of respondents had fewer than 20 employees). The survey was followed by focus groups and interviews with more than 40 local employers.

capabilities

Just under 4,000 immigrants came to Hamilton in 2012, more than half of them expressing their intention to work here. Despite having high levels of education on the whole, many immigrants have difficulty finding jobs that fit their experience and skills.

value

About the Hiring Immigrants Project

Increase your access to needed skills Improve employee retention Improve your productivity Increase innovation in your company Increase your connections to new markets Enhance your corporate image

Are you aware of the following facts? • Among recent immigrants to City of Hamilton, just under half were of prime working age (age 25-44), and more than half expressed their intention to work. • Immigrants to Hamilton have higher levels of education than the Canadian-born population. Close to 40% of new permanent residents in the Hamilton area have a university degree. • Yet, immigrants, especially recent immigrants, have higher unemployment than their Canadian-born counterparts. • Top occupations include researchers, sale and marketing managers, healthcare professionals, financial auditors and accountants, and engineers. • The under utilization of a significant portion of the labour market costs employers, hinders innovation, and places unnecessary limits on earnings and therefore tax revenue. • Immigrant employment will be critical to Hamilton’s labour force growth in the years ahead. Within two decades, approximately one in every three people in the Canadian labour force will be foreign-born.

A diverse workforce gives your business a competitive advantage.


Reasons for Hiring Immigrants (%)

Consider these findings from our local research:

Employers on the whole are very satisfied with hiring recent immigrants.

Most Hamilton employers are very satisfied with hiring immigrants. 78% of employers surveyed were very satisfied with hiring immigrants, and another 19% were somewhat satisfied. Almost all Hamilton employers feel that Canadian-born employees have integrated well with immigrant employees. Close to 90% of employers, regardless of size or sector, feel that Canadian-born employees have integrated well with immigrant employees. Employers stated that most immigrant employees work in skilled positions. Among employers who actually hired recent immigrants, 71% reported that they did not find it difficult to evaluate the educational credentials of immigrant applicants.

We don’t have training especially for immigrants, but if a new hire comes in as a labourer with no experience, we will train them. So far I have not seen the need for language training for any employees. – Hamilton employer

Creating a workforce

that ref l ects t

Employers rely heavily on informal methods of recruiting new employees and find it difficult to connect with appropriate job applicants. Almost two-thirds of employers identified employee recruitment as a challenging issue; 6 in 10 cited difficulties recruiting employees with the required skills. Organizations in the goods-producing sector are slightly less likely than service-sector organizations to have difficulties and challenges in this regard.

he di

versi ty of your co

The immigrants you hired matched the job requirements - that is, they were the best qualified applicants.

Immigrants serve a very diverse demographic, and we promote the different languages they speak to be able to better serve our clients. Sometimes we look to hire someone with specific language skills, but we don’t know where to find them. – Hamilton employer

Employers, even larger employers, rely heavily on informal methods of recruiting new employees. Informal methods (word-of-mouth and personal contacts) are the most commonly used methods of employee recruitment, Hamilton employers recognize the value of having emeven among larger employers. This can make it challenging ployees who can speak other languages in addition to English, especially French. The ability to speak more than for employers to connect with recent immigrants. one language can be an advantage to employers who wish to connect with new clients or customers or reach new markets. Employers from many sectors -- including Employers find that immigrant employees healthcare, hospitality, financial services, and professional provide “added value.” services – provided examples of this language advantage Employers were for the most part open to hiring imin our research. French was by far the most commonlymigrants, and many wish to hire immigrants specifically. cited second language of interest to employers, but many When employers hired recent immigrants, it was almost other languages were mentioned. always because they were the best qualified applicants for the position. A significant portion of employers also Many employers stated that immigrants tend to be highly hired immigrants to realize new business opportunities skilled and educated as well as hard working. Immigrants or help diversify their client base. Immigrants bring links bring innovative thinking to the workplace, adding new to diverse communities in the Hamilton area as well as perspectives and new approaches. new markets abroad.

37.8

Other

To target local cultural communities to find new business opportunities.

28.3

To help diversify your company’s client base globally.

28.3

You discovered that competitors are benefiting from hiring immigrants.

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96.1

16.5 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent of Respondents that Employ Recent Immigrants

an i ncre a se

(Sample: Employers currently employing recent immigrants. Of those who cited “Other,” a good work ethic was the most common response, followed by the business benefits of having employees with non-English language skills.)

your organ izatio n’s inn ovation and conne ctions to new markets.

How to connect with immigrant talent in Hamilton Employment service providers work with a range of employment-ready job seekers. You can learn more about their services at the Employer’s Roadmap: Hiring and Retaining Internationally Trained Workers in Hamilton, available on the Workforce Planning Hamilton website under Publications. You can find a full list of service providers in the Roadmap. Sign up to become a mentor to an immigrant looking for work in your field, or create a mentorship policy that enables your employees to become mentors.


Reasons for Hiring Immigrants (%)

Consider these findings from our local research:

Employers on the whole are very satisfied with hiring recent immigrants.

Most Hamilton employers are very satisfied with hiring immigrants. 78% of employers surveyed were very satisfied with hiring immigrants, and another 19% were somewhat satisfied. Almost all Hamilton employers feel that Canadian-born employees have integrated well with immigrant employees. Close to 90% of employers, regardless of size or sector, feel that Canadian-born employees have integrated well with immigrant employees. Employers stated that most immigrant employees work in skilled positions. Among employers who actually hired recent immigrants, 71% reported that they did not find it difficult to evaluate the educational credentials of immigrant applicants.

We don’t have training especially for immigrants, but if a new hire comes in as a labourer with no experience, we will train them. So far I have not seen the need for language training for any employees. – Hamilton employer

Creating a workforce

that ref l ects t

Employers rely heavily on informal methods of recruiting new employees and find it difficult to connect with appropriate job applicants. Almost two-thirds of employers identified employee recruitment as a challenging issue; 6 in 10 cited difficulties recruiting employees with the required skills. Organizations in the goods-producing sector are slightly less likely than service-sector organizations to have difficulties and challenges in this regard.

he di

versi ty of your co

The immigrants you hired matched the job requirements - that is, they were the best qualified applicants.

Immigrants serve a very diverse demographic, and we promote the different languages they speak to be able to better serve our clients. Sometimes we look to hire someone with specific language skills, but we don’t know where to find them. – Hamilton employer

Employers, even larger employers, rely heavily on informal methods of recruiting new employees. Informal methods (word-of-mouth and personal contacts) are the most commonly used methods of employee recruitment, Hamilton employers recognize the value of having emeven among larger employers. This can make it challenging ployees who can speak other languages in addition to English, especially French. The ability to speak more than for employers to connect with recent immigrants. one language can be an advantage to employers who wish to connect with new clients or customers or reach new markets. Employers from many sectors -- including Employers find that immigrant employees healthcare, hospitality, financial services, and professional provide “added value.” services – provided examples of this language advantage Employers were for the most part open to hiring imin our research. French was by far the most commonlymigrants, and many wish to hire immigrants specifically. cited second language of interest to employers, but many When employers hired recent immigrants, it was almost other languages were mentioned. always because they were the best qualified applicants for the position. A significant portion of employers also Many employers stated that immigrants tend to be highly hired immigrants to realize new business opportunities skilled and educated as well as hard working. Immigrants or help diversify their client base. Immigrants bring links bring innovative thinking to the workplace, adding new to diverse communities in the Hamilton area as well as perspectives and new approaches. new markets abroad.

37.8

Other

To target local cultural communities to find new business opportunities.

28.3

To help diversify your company’s client base globally.

28.3

You discovered that competitors are benefiting from hiring immigrants.

mm unit yc

96.1

16.5 0 20 40 60 80 100 Percent of Respondents that Employ Recent Immigrants

an i ncre a se

(Sample: Employers currently employing recent immigrants. Of those who cited “Other,” a good work ethic was the most common response, followed by the business benefits of having employees with non-English language skills.)

your organ izatio n’s inn ovation and conne ctions to new markets.

How to connect with immigrant talent in Hamilton Employment service providers work with a range of employment-ready job seekers. You can learn more about their services at the Employer’s Roadmap: Hiring and Retaining Internationally Trained Workers in Hamilton, available on the Workforce Planning Hamilton website under Publications. You can find a full list of service providers in the Roadmap. Sign up to become a mentor to an immigrant looking for work in your field, or create a mentorship policy that enables your employees to become mentors.


In the survey sample, 58% of employers had experience hiring and employing recent immigrants. Just under 8% of employers were deemed bilingual in that employees were required to speak some language other than English in the workplace. The most common other language required was French. The research was guided by a partnership between Workforce Planning Hamilton, the Francophone Immigration Network, and the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council’s (HIPC) Employment Working Group. The complete project report can be downloaded from www.workforceplanninghamilton.ca.

About the HIPC Employment Working Group

Comprised of local service providers, government, and business organizations, the Employment Working Group of the Hamilton Immigration Partnership Council focuses on the employment and labour market needs of recent immigrants to Hamilton. This Working Group seeks to increase newcomers’ awareness of employment and training services, improve newcomers’ access to the local labour market, and engage employers to support the hiring and integration of newcomers in the workplace. Sources: Sarah V. Wayland and Gerald Bierling, Hiring Immigrants Project: Final Report (Hamilton: Workforce Planning Hamilton, 2013); Statistics Canada, Study: Projected trends to 2031 for the Canadian labour force, The Daily, August 17, 2011; Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Facts and Figures 2012 Preliminary tables; Sarah V. Wayland, 2010. A Demographic Profile of Immigrants in Hamilton, Final Report. Prepared for the City of Hamilton Immigration Strategy; Census of Canada (2006); Labour Force Survey (2012). This document was prepared by Sarah V. Wayland, PhD, as part of the Hiring Immigrants Project (2013.)

June 2013

Funded by:

diverse

COMPETITIVE activities ADVANTAGE benefits

• • • • • •

Hamilton employers, are you looking to strengthen your competitive advantage? resources

cost

To gain a better understanding of employer readiness for hiring recent immigrants (arriving within the past 10 years) in Hamilton, several organizations came together to conduct a survey of local employers. A total of 318 employers responded to the survey which was administered by three trained telephone agents. The sample is representative of the overall employer population in Hamilton with respect to sector and size (81% goods producing, 19% services producing; more than half of respondents had fewer than 20 employees). The survey was followed by focus groups and interviews with more than 40 local employers.

capabilities

Just under 4,000 immigrants came to Hamilton in 2012, more than half of them expressing their intention to work here. Despite having high levels of education on the whole, many immigrants have difficulty finding jobs that fit their experience and skills.

value

About the Hiring Immigrants Project

Increase your access to needed skills Improve employee retention Improve your productivity Increase innovation in your company Increase your connections to new markets Enhance your corporate image

Are you aware of the following facts? • Among recent immigrants to City of Hamilton, just under half were of prime working age (age 25-44), and more than half expressed their intention to work. • Immigrants to Hamilton have higher levels of education than the Canadian-born population. Close to 40% of new permanent residents in the Hamilton area have a university degree. • Yet, immigrants, especially recent immigrants, have higher unemployment than their Canadian-born counterparts. • Top occupations include researchers, sale and marketing managers, healthcare professionals, financial auditors and accountants, and engineers. • The under utilization of a significant portion of the labour market costs employers, hinders innovation, and places unnecessary limits on earnings and therefore tax revenue. • Immigrant employment will be critical to Hamilton’s labour force growth in the years ahead. Within two decades, approximately one in every three people in the Canadian labour force will be foreign-born.

A diverse workforce gives your business a competitive advantage.

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