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Trends in Today’s Workplace

As the Calgary economy starts to speed up, hiring kicks in and more people return to work, there are trends in today’s workplace that begin to become apparent to the worker and manager alike. In this article, we will look closely at just a few of the most prominent or most important trends.

  1. Increase in part-time employment
  2. Increases in minimum wage
  3. Tougher educational requirements
  4. More small business opportunities
  5. Office cubicles no more

Increase in Part-time Employment

The current and future workforce in Calgary is seeing an increase in both part-time opportunities and part-time workers. If you want to or already do work part time then you will find that there are more part-time jobs. Employers are expecting at least a 6% increase in the number of part-time jobs available this year alone. In the next year the expected increase in the number of part-time jobs is around 14-16%.

Increase in Minimum Wage

With or without government action we will see an increase in the minimum wage in 2015. Almost 50% of all employers expect to raise the minimum wage that they pay to their employees, regardless of any changes in the law. A $3 per hour raise in the minimum wage is in the cards for the employees of 1/3 of these employers while half of them will see a$2 per hour increase. This will mean that the majority of employers in Calgary will be paying at least $13 per hour minimum wage. One fifth of these employers will increase their minimum wage to $15 per hour.  This increase in minimum wage will impact the employment ladder.


Tougher Educational Requirements

Even as we see more part-time jobs and higher minimum wages, we will also see employers demanding more education background from candidates. As the workplace becomes more complicated and more driven by data, employers seek out more educated employees.

Where once an employer might have hired a candidate with a four year bachelor’s degree, they will now look for a candidate with a masters degree. Where once an employer might have hired a candidate with a high school diploma, they will now look for a candidate with a 4 year bachelor’s degree.

The bottom line is the more education you have, the better your chances of landing a good job, keeping a good job and being promoted into a better job.

More Small Business Opportunities

The ever increasing demands of a recovering economic market will lead to ever increasing opportunities for small businesses. The ever increasing job market will consist of millions of small business opportunities. Employers with less than 250 employees expect a 22% increase in hiring in the next year.

Office Cubicles No More

As companies seek more productivity and efficiency many are doing away with the cubicle in favor of an open floor plan. The boss’s expectation in these open spaces is that the workers will cooperate more, assist each other more and consequently become more productive.


The Calgary workplace is an ever changing environment and eco-system. Be prepared to grow and change as the workplace grows and changes.