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Labour shortage: The in-demand jobs employers are struggling to fill right now

The labour market is changing. The unemployment rate in Canada has fallen to its lowest level since before the recession. Two reports came out just this morning that both indicate Canada is facing labour shortage conditions in several sectors and regions.

Statistics Canada released their latest update on job vacancies and the unemployed. Their data shows that the number of workers available to fill job openings has dropped considerably over the past year.

In 2015/2016 there were 3.4 unemployed persons per job vacancy in Canada. In 2017, that has fallen to an average of 2.8 workers available for every open position. However, in some roles that number drops to lower than 1 – indicating labour shortages.

These are particularly acute in the healthcare sector. Health occupations had the lowest unemployment-to-job vacancy ratio, at 0.7, meaning there simply aren’t enough people with suitable experience or qualifications to fill the available job vacancies. The biggest labour shortage of all, according to Stats Can, is for nurses. Nationally there are 0.3 qualified nurses available for every vacant position.

[View healthcare jobs on CareerBeacon.]

Ten jobs with the highest job opening to candidate ratio in 2017

  • Nurses
  • Technical in health
  • Assisting in support of health services
  • Specialized middle management
  • Senior management
  • Professional in business and finance
  • Professional in natural and applied sciences
  • Sales representatives
  • Service supervisors and specialized service reps
  • Paralegals / Professional in law and social, community and government services

In-demand technology skills and professionals

Another report released today was a survey of 500 hiring professionals in the technology sector across North America by the team at Robert Half. Most agree that their teams are at least somewhat understaffed. They also revealed the skills they struggle to find on the market and the roles that are the most difficult to fill.

More than three-quarters of technology leaders (77 percent) said it is somewhat or very challenging for their company to find professionals with up-to-date digital skills today.

[View tech jobs on CareerBeacon.]

The top digital skills most lacking on their teams include:

  • Web and user experience design
  • Data science and data analysis
  • Content creation and content marketing
  • Growth engineering, hacking
  • Social media marketing and online community management
  • Web development

Over half of technology professionals (53 percent) believe their department is somewhat or severely understaffed.

The most sought-after tech roles:

  • Programming and systems analysis
  • Business analysis
  • Security
  • Project management

Healthcare and technology are two of the hottest sectors for hiring right now, and this trend will likely continue for the foreseeable future. Canada’s aging population means that demographically there will be more and more people requiring medical services and assistance. New trends and advancements in technology are revolutionizing the ways that almost every other sector works. The demand for workers with the latest tech skills is growing more acute across industries.

The ten Canadian cities with the lowest unemployment rates right now:

Moncton, N.B. – 5.1 per cent [View jobs in Moncton]

Quebec City, Que. 3.8 – per cent [View jobs in Quebec City]

Sherbrooke, Que. – 5.0 per cent [View jobs in Sherbrooke]

Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. – 4.4 per cent [View jobs in Kitchener-Waterloo]

Guelph, Ont. – 4.7 per cent [View jobs in Guelph]

Hamilton, Ont. – 4.6 per cent [View jobs in Hamilton]

Thunder Bay, Ont. – 5.1 per cent [View jobs in Thunder Bay]

Kelowna, B.C. – 4.6 per cent [View jobs in Kelowna]

Vancouver, B.C. – 4.7 per cent [View jobs in Vancouver]

Victoria, B.C. – 4.6 per cent [View jobs in Victoria]

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