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Overqualified for your job? You’re not alone

Randstad survey says nearly half of Canadians are too.


TORONTO — A lot of Canadians believe they are overqualified for their jobs. Forty-four per cent said so in a Randstad’s Global Workmonitor survey of employees in 32 countries.

Randstad Canada, a recruitment-HR firm with offices in Toronto, said the Canadian results are similar to the global average (47%).

The percentages are highest in China (84%), Turkey (78%) and Greece (69%) and lowest in Belgium (28%), Luxemburg (23%) and Denmark (25%).

On the other hand, two out of 10 Canadians say they are underqualified for their positions compared to one in five globally.

Almost half (45%) of Canadian employees see colleagues holding jobs above their educational levels, while four out of 10 see others employed below their educational levels.

Most of Canadians’ jobs are a good match with their field of study (72%).

Hanna Vineberg, Randstad Canada’s vice-president Central Ontario says the data suggests that Canadian workers may feel less challenged by their current jobs.

“It raises questions about how this will affect employee turnover and retention. Employers who want to keep their best people should be looking for more and better ways to keep them challenged, upwardly mobile and happy,” she says.

“More experience is a good thing, and can likely bring value to your business. But as an employer it’s important to make sure there is room for a person to grow and develop new skills – otherwise they will be bored.”

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