Curse of the Vacancies

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In just under 2 years, retail no longer looks the same. It has transformed from a predictable protocol with a few “new” things every couple of years, to nearly unrecognizable. Nowhere is this more evident than in staffing.Retail was understaffed by about 10% prior to COVID-19. Now, vacancies are 20 to 40% in many cases. Currently there are over 26,000 retail positions posted on Indeed Canada (as of September 1, 2021). The new title we assign to this problem is “Curse of the Vacancies”.Ads produce next to no “qualified” candidates. Candidates that do pass through have demands unheard of in...

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Retail Employee Survey on COVID

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With case counts rising all across the country with the more transmissible and deadlier Delta COVID, retailers can no longer dodge the issue of vaccination standards.In July 2021, Best Retail Careers International Inc. in partnership with Retail Insider conducted a survey about how retail employees are feeling about return to work and vaccines.Retail is eager to open fully. Retail workers are eager to get back to work except 68% of them are worried about returning to work with unvaccinated co-workers and customers. It’s such a big issue many are delaying making themselves available for rehire and retailers are in a...

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Retail Staffing: CERB vs. EI

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Retail Staffing: Why CERB worked and EI does not work Opinion by: Suzanne Sears, Best Retail Careers International Inc. Retailers are completely baffled. So many retailers out of work and so few job applicants for their posts. How can this be? Let me break it down for you as a retail recruiter and share what is coming back to me from the field. No, it is not that retailers are just so lazy they want to sit home. Everyone has "stayed home" to death. They would love nothing more than to be back at work, having a life. THE OBSTACLES When CERB was in place we...

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October Report: Retail COVID Hiring

Retailers have been in a quandary for several months, not knowing if they should hire during the COVID-19 pandemic. What if everything shuts down again? According to the RBC Consumer Spending Report published on October 5th, 2020. there seems to be far less to worry about than the headlines might indicate. Overall, there has been next to no signs that consumers are worried about the second wave of COVID-19. FACT: Consumer spending was up at least 5% by mid-September. This figure is identical to how consumers were spending in January 2020. While spending certainly tanked in April, that trend was gone by...

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