Job seekers are facing a new hurdle when applying for positions as a growing number of employers insist they state whether they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
As governments, the public sector and private businesses announced vaccine mandates for their employees in recent weeks, those policies are now spreading across job postings at a time when employers are already struggling to find workers.
And while Canadian employers were slower to introduce vaccination policies to new employees than their American counterparts, that gap has closed, according to data compiled by job listing website Indeed.
As of last Friday, 1.1 percent of all Canadian English-language job postings mentioned vaccine-related requirements, double the number from two weeks ago and up from nearly zero in July. Actually based on the total number of listings for Canada, this only works out to under 5,000 job postings. The Canadian portion is now slightly ahead of the mention of vaccines in job postings in the United States.
Indeed senior economist Brendan Barnard said, “While the overall spread is relatively small, the situation is changing rapidly, and we are now seeing vaccine requirements in many sectors of the economy.” “It’s a trend that’s just getting started.”