With nine in 10 (89 per cent) employers finding it challenging to find skilled professionals, companies are using a range of recruiting tactics to win over skilled workers, according to a new survey by Robert Half Canada Inc.

The survey, which polled more than 500 employers, found the most commonly used attraction strategies were increasing salaries (42 per cent), offering remote options (34 per cent), providing signing bonuses (31 per cent) and evaluating candidates outside of their company’s geography and allowing new hires to live anywhere (30 per cent each).

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Respondents’ recruiting challenges stemmed primarily from a lack of qualified talent (40 per cent) and candidates’ salary expectations being higher than what they’re willing to offer (22 per cent).

The survey also found 40 per cent of respondents said they’re planning to hire additional permanent staff in the second half of 2022. Another half (50 per cent) said they expect to fill vacant positions this year, while just a handful (10 per cent) noted they foresee hiring freezes or layoffs.

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