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BC Jobs: Tight Labor Market Provides Incentives for Employees

Whether it’s offering several thousand dollars, flexible hours, or emphasizing workplace culture, BC employers are increasingly finding ways to stand out to job seekers in one of the most expensive housing markets in the country.

A review of job boards reveals that several companies are offering hundreds of dollars for entry-level unskilled workers in warehouses, up to $10,000 for skilled trades and executives ranging from trucking companies to BC Ferries.

“It’s a candidate market, no doubt about it,” said Lisa Cefali, recruitment consultant at Legacy Bowes. the company, their company culture and they can’t just talk about the work because there are several companies offering the same kind of work.”


This also includes the public sector. As healthcare workers move further and further away due to demands, bureaucracy and low morale, private companies are ready to recruit them – promising a better working environment in the market.

“We pay very competitive hourly rates, we provide mileage, we provide health care benefits…and we offer a $1,000 bonus, no questions asked,” said Veronica Tiserra of Nurse Next Door.

She insists the company is focused on respecting the nurses and caregivers it hires, expressing this by handling all administration and providing support services so staff can focus on the relationship with the patients.

“In a hospital, there may be one nurse for every 100 patients, so here our caregivers work one-on-one with clients,” Tiserra said. “We’ve always tried to make them feel like (nurses) are cared for, that they’re valued.”


Requests for flexible working hours, the ability to work from home and more holidays, for example, are all on the table in this time of historically low unemployment. Some employers believe these issues are just as important as compensation.

“What makes a great company is innovation and how it evolves with the generation we hire,” said Rhys Giannarelli, owner of Fraserview and Point Gray veterinary clinics in Vancouver.

He highlighted the desire of many employees for career mobility, work-life balance and other intangible benefits to be able to maintain a stable workforce – stressing that it is good for employers to invest in their personal.

“(Profitability comes) from having and retaining employees, happy employees, people who believe in the core value that we have and the reason we are here,” Giannarelli said. “Happy employees equal happy customers, with the familiarity and the same faces and continuity, it simply comes together as the foundation of a great company.”

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