Three-quarters (75 per cent) of Canadian employers say they expect to face hiring challenges in 2023, according to a new survey by the Harris Poll on behalf of Express Services Inc.

The survey, which polled more than 500 employers, found more than a third (35 per cent) of employers said they experienced an increase in employee turnover in 2022, despite offering improved pay and benefits.

Among these respondents, the main reasons for employee turnover were better pay or benefits offered elsewhere (36 per cent), employee resignations (35 per cent), employee burnout (33 per cent), retirement (30 per cent), increased workplace demands (29 per cent) and better perks offered elsewhere, such as Fridays off during the summer and unlimited vacation days (28 per cent).

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Almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of employers said they were impacted by labour shortages in 2022. In response, two-thirds (66 per cent) said they’ve taken steps to make hiring easier, such as offering remote working arrangements (24 per cent), higher starting salaries (20 per cent), hiring bonuses (17 per cent) and reducing qualification criteria for open positions (14 per cent).

“With some promising signs of inflation easing and more job seekers entering the picture, my hope for the new year is that employers can finally catch a break and get a good night of rest after the tumultuous past two years,” said Bill Stoller, chief executive officer at Express Services, in a press release.

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