Extension of the PCU: employment agencies fear a headache

Prolongation de la PCU: des agences de placement craignent un casse-tête

MONTREAL – The extension of the Benefit of the canadian emergency (PCU) until mid-September, which could cause trouble to employers, encouraging people to slow down their job search, fear of the staff recruitment agencies.

“It is sure that this extension-there just does not help the job market”, has raised Roxane Dumais-Pelletier, executive director of Business Plus, an employment agency specializing in technical recruiting in the following sectors: construction and industrial.

Same goes to the employment agency and personnel recruitment Randstad, where there is a fear that people will remain on the PCU while making contracts without the report.

Dominic Lévesque, president of the consulting firm hr Randstad Professionals, and Lab Innovation, believes that employers need to adapt and create incentives to return to work.

“The idea of the program has been made for the right reasons and it is important. For me, this is not the program as such [is a problem], but what is going to come around. [It is important] to create incentives”, he said.

During the crisis, employers have worked hard on the return to work protocols, health and safety and on the introduction of telework, but little on the value propositions to employees, said Mr. Lévesque.

“It is necessary to ensure that people want to work and stay. To encourage collaboration, teamwork. People need to socialize. The human being is like that. It is important to public health, but we must not forget the mental health”, he said.

Hard to predict

The extension of the PCU has just been announced this week by the prime minister Justin Trudeau, and each person does not react the same way to the context and incentives, which makes the situation difficult to predict, says dr. Dumais-Pelletier.

“Some are fearful of the COVID-19, others prefer to stay home with the $ 2,000 [PKU], while others are eager to return to work”, she analyzed.

The hiring risk, however, to remain challenging in the positions where the workforce is more rare, such as those of technicians, building mechanics or of the mechanics of machinery. A problem that is even more serious in the region of Montreal, judge Sylvain Pelletier, president of Profession.

The placement agency note when the same, for the moment, a drop of 25 % of queries from employers. It therefore remains difficult to draw conclusions.

“It’s not back to 100 %. Companies are on the brake, think twice, for investments. It is not everyone who is in the mode of hiring,” said Ms. Dumais-Pelletier.

The current situation restores some of the balance of employer-employee, report both Mr. Pelletier and Ms. Dumais-Pelletier. The unemployment rate currently sits at 15.2% in Montreal increases the number of potential candidates for a position.

“Before, employees had a lot of bargaining power. There were three “jobs” for a. There, such as “jobs” are less safe, employers earn a little”, explained Ms. Dumais-Pelletier.

Sigh of relief from the artists

For artists, the extension of the Benefit of the canadian emergency (PKU) is a view of a good eye and will help them to work on the revival of the sector.

By press release, the Union des artistes (UDA) said that it was “pleased by the announcement to extend the PCU to eight weeks, up to a maximum of 24 weeks,” adding, however, that “the work is not done”.

Even if a few concert halls will open their doors as early as Monday, lost profits are foreseeable for the artists.

“Even if the artistic sector opens gradually, the flow of entertainment does not come at the same pace as usual, mentioned the singer-songwriter Fred Gagnon. Therefore, [the PCU] help to be able to consider continue to live our business and ensure a successful transition through the déconfinement, question to be able to evaluate what it will look like the artistic community in the coming months and years.”

It has obtained a few contracts for services for the next few weeks, but still far short of the number achieved last summer.

“Many institutions have not yet formally have the right to present shows, and I assume that several others will probably have to bail out the coffers before thinking we can engage artists to entertain their customers,” he noted.

More than three months after the beginning of the pandemic, Fred Gagnon has had to dig into his savings, private income associated with its concerts.

“If I have to find me another job in a few months because I don’t do enough shows, I don’t have a problem, the music will always be part of my life, no matter the situation,” he said.

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