I listened to Pierre Battah last night on CBC as I was driving into Maine. He is an executive recruiter with Robertson Surrette in Moncton. Paul Castle had him on to discuss Francis McGuire’s belief that NB firms were going to have to raise their wages to national levels.
Battah’s position was well rounded. He agrees that wages need to go up but says there are many other factors at play (as I have said). But then it got interesting. Paul Castle asked him what was the most important thing that needed to be done for New Brunswick to be able to attract workers from across Canada.
You know his response?
Attract much more investment.
That’s right. The mantra of this blog.
An HR consultant said that New Brunswick needed to become a magnet for new business investment. It needed to grow strategic clusters of industry.
His rationale? Every time he recruits someone from outside the province to a job here, the biggest issue is career options. What’s next after the current option. So his point was that we needed to build a few key sectors up strongly and then people moving here would have lateral and upward career options here.
I think Paul Castle didn’t really understand what Battah was talking about because he quickly changed the subject.
But there will be no changing the channel here.
Look at Halifax. Six financial services firms attracted in the past 12 months. Well over 1,500 new jobs. All paying $50k-$100k and up.
We need that here in New Brunswick.