Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Canada's hottest new import? Employees

Globe and Mail
It's not unusual for entire planeloads of foreign workers to be flown straight to the oil-sands projects in northern Alberta.
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A sign hanging outside Calgary-based JIR Solutions reads, 'Get your foreign worker today!'

The almost one-year-old company specializes in bringing skilled workers to Alberta through its recruiters in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Britain.

While some recruitment firms charge the prospective worker thousands of dollars just to line them up with a job in Alberta, JIR president Eric Rudy says his company does not. JIR charges the companies seeking employees a $1,000 administration fee, plus $320 for every month the worker is on contract, and assists newcomers to get settled by helping to find accommodations and introducing them to people who share their heritage.

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