Nearly half of Canadians surveyed feel overqualified for their job: Poll

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:31 AM ET

Nearly half of Canadians surveyed said they feel overqualified for their job and feel some of their co-workers are underqualified, according to a poll by global staffing firm Randstad.

Just two of 10 respondents said they are underqualified, but 45% said they see colleagues working at jobs above their educational level, the poll found.

Meanwhile, 44% of respondents said they are overqualified for their position.

But most — 72% — said they are in a job that's a good fit with their field of study.

The findings suggest employees feel unchallenged by their jobs and that employers need to provide room for them to grow and develop new skills, Randstad said.

Few respondents said their employers invest enough in additional training or education (14%) or offer sufficient career opportunities (13%).

The study involved at least 400 responses between July 17 and August 15 from people aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed).


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