88% of manufacturers who completed our 2017 EmployerOne Survey indicated that they had separations - 72% of these were quits (see chart below). Our 2018 EmployerOne Survey shows that 75% of manufacturers also had positions that were hard to fill sighting not enough applicants, lack of motivation, lack of qualifications, lack of work experience and lack of technical skills as the top 5 reasons for these hiring difficulties. This survey also showed that 83% of employers rated the availability of skilled workers as fair to poor (compared to 17% rated at good to excellent).
The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is currently conducting a research study to determine the reasons behind the high level of quits in the manufacturing sector and why businesses are having issues retaining employees. We are looking for manufacturing industry representatives to help us gather input for this project that is aimed at finding key strategies to support manufacturers with worker retention and attraction. If you are in the manufacturing industry and want to help find your future workforce please contact the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.