February 2022

Like The Housing Market, Canada’s Job Market Remains Uncertain

When's the best time to look for a job? Winchester's Director, Neil Drew, offers his advice to this question, giving a recent insight into the candidate market. Though there's some uncertainty, candidates should know that there's a light at the end of their career tunnel (especially in the year's upcoming quarters). More people have been asking me when is the best time to look for a new job.  In this market, that’s sort of like asking when’s the best time to [...]

January 2022

Why It’s Risky to Bet on Working from Home Forever 

Now that people have a taste of working from home, more candidates are seeking roles that are exclusively remote. Some want to live farther from the office, others want the freedom to travel, while even more want the flexibility to deal with childcare and other responsibilities.  But we advise pausing before making a major life change that would prevent commuting to the office. We’ve seen employers yo-yo on their remote work policies. This is understandable, given the uncertainty of the past [...]

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Cold Feet? Employees More Hesitant to Switch Jobs 

The candidate aced the interview, passed the reference checks and seemed thrilled by your job. So why did they turn down the offer? At Winchesters we’ve noticed more people are reluctant to leave their current jobs for new career opportunities. This hesitation to switch jobs can make it even harder to find candidates during a labour shortage, a problem that’s expected to get worse in the coming years as more Baby Boomers retire. We see three big reasons employees are staying [...]

New Year, Same Pandemic, Hot Job Market, and Just a Little Patience

Here we go again. We’ve all been here before – the lockdowns, the uncertainty, the frustration that things still haven’t gotten back to normal. But this time it feels like everyone has a dwindling supply of patience. At Winchesters, our resolution is to try for patience as we navigate this together, again. January is a busy time for hiring, with budgets set and plans ready to execute. This year it feels even busier. Ontario’s job market is hot, companies are poised to [...]

October 2021

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Inflation is rising. Will salaries keep up? 

It’s no surprise if grocery and gasoline prices have made you gulp lately. Canada’s inflation rate hit an 18-year high of 4.4 per cent in September, the ninth month in a row that basic items like food, housing and transportation got more expensive. And it’s not a blip. The Bank of Canada predicts higher inflation rates will continue for the next year. In this environment, people may start expecting their annual salary bumps to keep up with inflation rates. If not, [...]

Vaccine Mandates Are Here. Are You Ready For Them? 

“Are you vaccinated?” Job seekers should get used to hearing this question from prospective employers as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on. A majority of our clients have told us they will require employees to be fully vaccinated against the virus in order to return to the workplace. Our clients are among the growing number of employers mandating vaccines to get people back to the office. The federal government and Canada’s five largest banks have also introduced such policies. Still, vaccine mandates can [...]

How The Global Pandemic Changed Our Jobs & The Way We Work

The pandemic caused a massive shift in the modern-day work environment and the job market. Since 2020, COVID-19 has caused a global ruckus, impacting personal and professional lives. In Canada, as we’re fighting through the pandemic’s fourth wave, millions of Canadians remain uncertain about their jobs, while many have reached a mutual certainty: the workplace needs flexibility. According to Statistics Canada, 32% of Canadian employees worked from home in January 2021. This work arrangement forced Canadians to re-evaluate their priorities, whether [...]

November 2015

Purchasing B2B Article About The Findings Of The 2015 SCMA Salary Survey

Presented in partnership with BDO and SCMA While recent economic news both internationally and here in Canada has certainly been mixed, it appears that overall supply chain salaries have bounced back from a dip last year. But that overall rise hasn’t meant an increase for PurchasingB2B readers, who in fact saw a drop in how much they made over 2014. And while women took home more this time around than last year, the increase was less than what men saw, resulting in [...]

March 2015

Millennials And The Job Market

When it comes to supply chain positions, what makes the Generation Y any different from the rest of employment seekers? Among the topics that routinely come up during conversations of the shifting and multi-generational workforce is the rise of the Millenial, also known as Generation Y. This term usually refers to those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. Discussion often arises regarding Millennials in the supply chain job market, their experience entering the profession and what it’s [...]