Older Workers At Risk of Withdrawing from the Labour Force or Becoming Unemployed: Employers' views on how to retain and attract older workers
Summary of Consultations - Size, Location and Type of Employer
Letters of Invitation to participate in the consultation were sent to over 300 employees, these letters were sent to senior human resource professionals and the President or CEOof the organization.
The Council proposed a variety of consultation approaches to engage employers in the discussion; these approaches included an online consultation, individual meetings, either is person or via conference call, participation of a NSC member in an already scheduled event, or multi-stakeholder discussions.
In total, 79 employees accepted the NSC's invitation (a 26% return rate).
Number of respondents per consultation method
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Fifty-seven (57) respondents chose to meet with NSCmembers via teleconference or in person; twenty-one (21) participated in the online consultation process; and one (1) submitted their responses to the questions via paper-copy.
To get a better understanding of the participants, the NSC invited employers to provide demographic information about their organization. The completion of this section of the consultation was voluntary and some employers chose not to respond.
Size of organizations based on number of employees
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Based on responses received from approximately 50 of the 79 participating employers, 38 percent of their organizations had more than 5,000 employees, 24 percent had between 1,000 to 5,000 employees, 14 percent had between 500 to 1,000 employees, 13 percent had between 100 to 500 employees, and 11 percent had less than 100 employees.
Location and scope of operations
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The location and scope of operations also varied amongst employers that were consulted. Of the 50 employers who provided demographic information, 30 percent of their organizations are provincial/territorial, 28 percent are national, 21 percent are international, 12 percent are regional and nine percent are local.
Sectors represented during the consultation process:
- Accommodation and food services
- Administrative and support
- Arts, entertainment and recreation
- Educational services
- Finance and insurance
- Health care and social assistance
- Mining and oil and gas extraction
- Professional, scientific and technical services
- Public administration
- Registered charity or non-profit organization
- Retail and trade and wholesale trade
- Tranportation and warehousing
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