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Immigrants will help win talent war

By Roger Taylor

By 2013 Nova Scotia will be in a serious "war for talent", the provincial government estimates that there will be a shortage of 64,000 workers as people retire and the economy grows. Nova Scotia is not alone in this. Labour shortages exist throughout North America as the baby boom generation moves into retirement. There is stiff competition among communities trying to attract new people to fill all the jobs. In order to fill them, Nova Scotia needs to become more imaginative in how it deals with the issue.

"It is a tough nut to crack because networks are well-established and most of the jobs and opportunities don't go public", "They are filled through the grapevine, so to speak." One of the first things we need to do is to become more inviting to immigrants who are seeking to break into our closely knit social networks and help them to put down roots here. "It is one thing to attract immigrants to come here, it's another to get them to stay.

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Immigrants will help win talent war
By 2013 Nova Scotia will be in a serious "war for talent", the provincial government estimates that there will be a shortage of 64,000 workers as people retire and the economy grows.

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