Environmental Employment in Canada


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Highlights from ECO Canada's 2010 Profile of Canadian Environmental Employment, representing the most in-depth estimate of environmental employment and skills in Canada.

It is the first study performed by ECO Canada that measures the number of workers employed in specific environmental occupations.

This survey’s focus on environmental occupations and skills extends research previously performed that identified environmental employment in each industry, across sectors of the economy.

For more information and to download the full report for free, visit http://www.eco.ca.

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Environmental Employment in Canada

  1. 1. Profile of Canadian Environmental Employment LABOUR MARKET STUDY 2010
  2. 2. Download the full report for free at www.eco.ca/publications
  3. 3. <ul><li>IN THIS PRESENTATION </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the composition of professionals in the environmental workforce </li></ul><ul><li>Learn human resource strategies for recruiting, retaining and engaging staff </li></ul><ul><li>Discover future labour market needs, challenges and opportunities </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2010 PROFILE OF CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL EMPLOYMENT Defining Environmental Employment
  5. 5. Defining Environmental Employment envi ro nment a l employment 1 : employed individuals who spend 50% or more of their work time on activities associated with environmental protection, resource management, or environmental sustainability 2 : individuals employed to conduct work in one or more of the three subsectors defined by the ECO Canada 2010 National Occupational Standards Model (right), within one or more industries 3 : employment in new emerging areas including Alternative/Renewable Energy & Eco-efficiency and Carbon & Climate Change Mitigation
  6. 6. 2010 PROFILE OF CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL EMPLOYMENT Profile of Environmental Employment
  7. 7. There are 682,000 environmental professionals in Canada. 2,000,000 + Canadian workers conduct some environmental activities . 318,000 environmental employers are found in Canada. 91% of environmental employees are multi-disciplinary* *involved in activities in more than one NOS category Employment Fast Facts
  8. 8. 40 % of professionals are skilled in Environmental Health & Safety 28 % of professionals are skilled in Waste Management 20 % of professionals are skilled in Site Assessment & Reclamation 19 % of professionals are skilled in Communications & Public Awareness 11 % of professionals are skilled in Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 7 % of professionals are skilled in Construction 6 % of professionals are skilled in Administration & support 5 % of professionals are skilled in Professional, Scientific & Technical Top Occupational Areas Top Industries Professional Skills Breakdown
  9. 9. Comparing Demographic Distributions <ul><li>Environmental workers are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>more highly educated, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of a similar age distribution, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are under-represented by women and aboriginals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>when compared to the rest of the Canadian workforce. </li></ul>* within the past 5 years
  10. 10. 2010 PROFILE OF CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL EMPLOYMENT Recruiting Environmental Employees
  11. 11. Effectiveness of Recruitment Methods Environmental employers consider internal recruiting to be the most effective recruitment method. Other effective methods include referrals, Co-op programs, on-campus recruiting , & online job banks .
  12. 12. Reputation, Brand, & Compensation are the top 3 factors influencing recruiting success. Factors in Effective Recruiting
  14. 14. Reasons for Employee Turnover 2 X as many employers have lost workers due to retention issues than due to downsizing during the recession. Causes of employee turnover from survey responses: Retirement of employee 8 % Downsizing of workforce 19 % Worker fired for poor performance 26 % Employee found better benefits, salary or career opportunities elsewhere 42 %
  15. 15. Survey results indicate that many employers face retention problems that can be addressed through HR policies. Top Retention Issues 25 % of retention issues stem from the perception that there are better opportunities for career advancement with other companies.
  17. 17. *Employee Engagement definitions by Towers Watson, New York 2 / 3 of environmental employees are engaged workers. Level of Employee Engagement
  18. 18. Employee Engagement Strategies Successful strategies for highly engaged employees: Overall, employee engagement can best be increased through high leverage engagement strategies.
  19. 19. Employee Engagement Strategies Less successful engagement strategies for all employees: Successful strategies for all employees:
  20. 20. 2010 PROFILE OF CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL EMPLOYMENT Hiring during Economic Downturn
  21. 21. Hiring during Economic Downturn Even during the economic downturn of 2008 , nearly 40 % of environmental employers have hired or attempted to hire environmental employees. 1 / 3 of employers who were hiring experienced difficulties finding workers, mainly due to lack of appropriate job skills. Difficulty experienced in hiring:
  22. 22. 2010 PROFILE OF CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTAL EMPLOYMENT Future Hiring Expectations
  23. 23. Canadian Employment Trends 61 % of employers did not have vacant positions during the economic downturn. Nearly 1/2 of environmental employers plan to hire workers over the next 2 years . The future of Canadian Environmental Employment is bright.
  24. 24. The Impact of Retirement <ul><ul><li>100,000 retirement vacancies will be created over the next decade. </li></ul></ul>Environmental education Waste management Water quality <ul><ul><li>Retirement will create job opportunities in: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research & development </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental health & safety </li></ul><ul><li>Site assessment & reclamation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>14 % of the environmental workforce will reach retirement age. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Future Environmental Skills & Jobs
  26. 26. Global Employment Trends % of employees with a Bachelor Degree or higher High levels of education will be needed in high growth areas.
  27. 27. 1) Strong global growth across the sector 2) Increased career opportunities in high- growth sectors of the industry 3) Worker transferability between multiple disciplines, industries & environmental sectors 4) Continuous learning through an evolving & changing sector 5) Rising employment opportunities as baby boomers retire Future of the Environmental Workforce
  28. 28. www.eco.ca/publications DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT NOW