In the first half of 2024, 54% of companies plan to add new roles, 40% plan to fill vacated roles, and 68% plan to increase contract hiring. The factors influencing hiring are anticipated company growth (64%), lack of requisite skills among employees (50%), capitalizing on talent laid off from other companies (48%) and turnover (48%). Hiring varies by industry and organization and is dictated by both business needs and macro-economics. See Statistic Canada’s data below.
*Small = Less than 100 employees; Midsize = 100 to 999 employees; Large = 1,000+ employees  Organizations of all sizes are hiring in the first half of 2024, especially midsize and large companies. However, 89% of managers report difficulty finding skilled talent — with over a third (38%) saying it’s very challenging. Hiring
for new
roles
Hiring for
vacated
positions
Freezing hiring/
eliminating
roles
Hiring
for new
roles
Hiring for
vacated
positions
Freezing hiring/
eliminating
roles
Finance and
Accounting
Technology Marketing and
Creative
Legal Administration Customer
Support
Human
Resources
Finance and
Accounting
Technology Marketing and
Creative
Legal Administration Customer
Support
Human
Resources
Entry level Entry level

Managerial Managerial

Director and above Director and above

Company growth Lack of requisite
skills among
current employees
Employee turnover Company growth Lack of requisite
skills among
current employees
Employee turnover
Finding people
with the required
skills
Hiring quickly
enough to land
the best talent
Meeting applicants’
salary expectations
Finding candidates
who align with
company culture
Finding people
with the required
skills
Hiring quickly
enough to land
the best talent
Meeting applicants’
salary expectations
Finding candidates
who align with
company culture
Industry calculations are based on job postings provided by Textkernel. Positions are categorized to over 350 job titles within Robert Half’s 2024 Salary Guide using a proprietary mapping methodology that employs state-of-the-art large language models. This dataset includes roles across the finance and accounting, technology, marketing and creative, legal, administrative and customer support, and human resources professions. Data from Statistics Canada, Labour Force Survey January 2024. Updated February 9, 2024. Surveys were developed by Robert Half and conducted by independent research firms. Respondents included executives, senior managers and workers from small (20-249 employees), medium (250-499 employees) and large (500+ employees) businesses in private, publicly listed and public sector organizations across Canada.