Idiom 9

logo_96Keep a lid on

Meaning: To keep information private or confidential

Example: Let’s keep a lid on our expansion plans.

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Butchart Gardens job fair

Another tourism industry job fair has been announced. This one is with Butchart Gardens.

See this link (pdf) for details.

-129,000 jobs

StatsCanada is reporting the largest one month decline in jobs since the methodology for their labour force survey was changed in 1976.

There is not much to comment on as the chart tells you all you need to know about the January job picture.

The local picture is much brighter however as the unemployment rate for Victoria nudged up only slightly to 4%. In this economy any unemployment rate below 5% has to be considered very good.

Engineering and Technology Labour Market Study

This study is examining the current and future employment picture within the engineering and technology sectors of the Canadian economy. Five issues are the focal point of the study:

  • Employer labour requirements
  • The available workforce
  • Attitudes and practices related to certification and licensing
  • The role of diversity groups
  • Globalization

You can check out the affiliated website or an interim report.

Here are some points of interest from the interim report.

  • Individuals who obtained their engineering degrees outside Canada accounted for approximately20% of all employment in engineering occupations
  • In 2006, members of visible minorities accounted for 25.8% of engineering employment and 14.9% of technology employment
  • In BC The engineering age profile is older than average and this adds to supply pressures

Those of you who attended our workshop on “soft-skills” will be aware of the following points:

  • Asked to rank a range of non-technical skills, by far the majority of employers ranked most of these skills between ‘essential’ and ‘very important’.
  •  More than 50% of employers identified serious weakness in the
    non-technical skills of internationally educated professionals as the greatest obstacle to hiring them into engineering jobs


Fostering diversity

This Globe & Mail article examines why some businesses are committed to having a diverse workforce. Diversity is the new workplace buzzword because:

  • A shrinking labour pool is forcing employers to look at workers who have been traditionally marginalized.
  • Business is becoming more global in nature and it can be a distinct advantage to have staff who are culturally sensitive and can speak other languages.
  • Organizations are seeing the benefit of their workforce being able to represent the customers they serve.