It’s been almost two years now since Canada’s finance minister, Bill Morneau, noted that Canadians should get used to what he called “job churn.”
Morneau was referring primarily to short-term employment that might include a number of career changes, generally thought to affect mainly workers in low-wage, low-skill jobs.
But a new study–the first of its kind in Canada–strongly suggests that short-term contracts and high career turnover is a growing problem for skilled Canadian professionals–those who work in education, healthcare and business, finance and administration.
The study conducted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Ontario office, paints a wide-ranging picture of how things are changing in Canada.
No Safe Harbour: Precarious Work and Economic Insecurity Among Skilled Professionals in Canada finds–among other things–that 22 per cent of Canadian professionals are in so-called precarious jobs.
“You would think the combination of education, age and experience would buffer professionals,” says CCPA-Ontario Director Trish Hennessy, who along with senior researcher Ricardo Tranjan, co-authored the report.
“But all the hallmarks of precarious work are creeping into the professions.
I spoke by phone with Hennessy on Tuesday about the survey, what it means, its roots and where things go from here.Listen