HIRING IN U.S. RESUMES, BUT EXECS NEED NOT APPLY
After pandemic-related cuts, cannabis hiring is expected to resume in the latter part of 2020 — except at the executive level. Industry recruiting platform Vangst surveyed 39 U.S. companies about their hiring intentions this year and found that 36 per cent reduced headcount while another 33 per cent used temporary employee furloughs in response to the pandemic. However, a rebound is already underway, with 68 per cent saying they plan to increase their workforce in the back half of the year, according to the survey. Sales, marketing and IT staff are the biggest priorities as companies pivot to e-commerce. Definitely not a priority is hiring at the leadership level. Of the plant-touching companies surveyed, less than 5 per cent now say executive hiring is a top-three focus this year compared to 20 per cent at the beginning of 2020.