Nearly Four in Ten Employers Now Hiring College Graduates for Jobs that Were
Primarily Held by High School Graduates
TORONTO, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Employers are not only looking for educated
labor to fill high skill positions, but to fill traditionally lower skill jobs
as well. Thirty-six per cent of hiring managers and human resource
professionals said they are hiring more employees with college degrees for
positions that were historically held by high school graduates.
The CareerBuilder study of more than 400 employers across Canada was conducted
online by Harris Interactive(©) from November 1 to November 30, 2012.
"Employers are filling more entry level functions with educated labor," said
Brent Rasmussen, President of CareerBuilder North America. "While some of
this may be attributed to a competitive job market that lends itself to
college grads taking lower skill jobs, it also speaks to companies raising
performance expectations for roles within their firms to enhance overall
productivity, product quality and sales."
Positive Effects of College-Educated Labor
Of employers who have hired more workers with college degrees for jobs that
were historically held by high school graduates, most reported positive
impacts on their business in the forms of:
-- Higher quality of work – 76 per cent
-- Productivity – 45 per cent
-- Revenue – 23 per cent
-- Customer loyalty – 17 per cent
Employers Implementing Stricter Requirements
Specific qualifications for jobs are becoming more demanding. One-in-four
employers (25 per cent) said they have increased their educational
requirements for jobs over the last five years.
Fifty-nine per cent reported that they require a two-year university degree or
higher for their positions; 45 per cent require a four-year degree or higher.
Education and Promotions
The lack of a college education may limit upward mobility. Forty-one per cent
of employers said they are unlikely to promote someone who doesn't have a
This survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Interactive(©) on
behalf of CareerBuilder.ca among 415 Canadian hiring managers and human
resource professionals (employed full-time; not self-employed; non-government)
ages 18 and over between November 1 and November 30, 2012 (percentages for
some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain
questions). With a pure probability sample of 415 one could say with a 95
percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 4.81
percentage points. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and
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that reach national, local, industry and niche audiences. Job seekers visit
CareerBuilder.ca every month to search for opportunities by industry,
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