High salary demands putting strain on Alberta businesses AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 17, 2013 11:05 am MDT Alberta workers may earn the highest incomes in the country, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s rosy for small and mid-sized companies.According to ATB Financial’s second quarter Business Beat Survey, 67 per cent of provincial business owners say finding and retaining experienced or skilled labour is a problem and 37 per cent say they simply can’t meet salary demands.These high-wage expectations are forcing owners to adapt and create new ways to not only get staff, but retain them as well.For example, one Calgary-based company offers employees a continental breakfast, hot lunch and on-site fitness.Small and mid-sized businesses make up 99.9 per cent of businesses in the province.
Furthermore, border control measures and stringent policies also prevent Africa from realizing the benefits of migration, underscored Abdalla Hamdok, the Acting Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the launch of the High Level Panel on Migration in Africa. “Travel in Africa by Africans is curtailed by stringent visa requirements, excessive border controls and immigration restrictions,” said Mr. Hamdok, noting that it not only increased costs, but multiplied the risks that migrants are forced to undertake. “Data shows that less than three per cent of Africa’s population have migrated internationally and less than 12 per cent of the total migrant [population] in Europe are from Africa,” he added. On top of this, the issue of safe migration for the continent given that every year, thousands of migrants perish while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach mainland Europe. “Just last week, some forty young men and women died of thirst in the Sahara Desert, while trying to reach Europe,” said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who also chairs the High-Level Panel. Maureen Achieng from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) also shared this view. “Migration from Africa towards other regions is taking place in a much lower level than one might think,” she said. The 14-member High-Level Panel was established in April last year by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to push migration issues to the top of policy agenda by engaging major stakeholders and partners. Over the next few months, it will hold consultations at the national, regional and global levels and propose recommendations on building and sustaining broad political consensus on the implementation of the international migration development agenda, while taking into account the particular challenges of countries in conflict and post-conflict situations. The report will be submitted to the African Union Summit in July 2018.