Nearly Four in Ten Employers Now Hiring College Graduates for Jobs that Were Primarily Held by High School Graduates

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 
college degree.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Interactive(©) on 
behalf of 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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