news release | Delta businesses identify commute as top challenge to recruiting and retaining qualified workers in province-wide survey
According to a recent province-wide survey of 1,555 business leaders, conducted by the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the issue of commuting (defined as: “the ease by which workers can commute to your business”) was identified as a “big” or “very big” challenge in recruiting and retaining qualified employees for 71 percent of Delta businesses polled.
Additionally, “finding enough workers with the specific skill set you need” came in as a major concern for 49 percent of Delta businesses and “housing affordability” as a major concern for 60 percent of Delta respondents.
“These figures reflect the concerns that we’ve been hearing from Delta businesses for quite some time,” says executive director of the Delta Chamber of Commerce, Garry Shearer. “We are committed to working with the decision makers at all levels of government to collaboratively advance the needs of Delta businesses and our recommendations to address them.”
The Delta Chamber of Commerce recommends that Local, Provincial, and Federal governments work collaboratively to provide:
Conducted between October 8th through November 4th, 2019 by Abacus Data, the survey identifies top of mind issues and provides clarity on the friction points facing businesses in BC. Business members were invited to participate through local chambers of commerce and from those who are members of BC MindReader.com.
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