Report highlights Canadian skill shortage
December 03, 2012
The CIBC has posted a research report that highlights the nature of Canada’s skills shortage. The data for the report were gathered by employer interviews.
- By far, the largest skill shortage was found in health-related occupations, the mining industry, advanced manufacturing and business services. Put together, those occupations account for 21% of total employment in Canada.
- 1/5th of the Canadian labour market is currently showing signs of skilled labour shortage. The average unemploymentrate of this pool of occupations is just over 1% and their wages are now rising by an average annual rate of 3.9%.
- The Federal government plans to admit between 53,000 and 55,000 new Canadians in 2013 through an overhauled federal skilled worker program.
- The 25 occupations in a ‘shortage situation’ include:
Managers in Engineering, Architecture, Science & Info Systems
Managers in Health, Education, Social and Community Services
Managers in Construction and Transportation
Auditors, Accountants and Investment Professionals
Human Resources and Business Service Professionals
Professional Occupations in Natural and Applied Sciences
Physical Science Professionals
Life Science Professionals
Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Chemical Engineers
Professional Occupations in Health
Physicians, Dentists and Veterinarians
Optometrists, Chiropractors and Other Health Diagnosing and Treating Professionals
Pharmacists, Dietitians and Nutritionists
Therapy and Assessment Professionals
Nurse Supervisors and Registered Nurses
Technical and Related Occupations in Health
Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)
Technical Occupations in Dental Health Care
Other Technical Occupations In Health Care (Except Dental)
Psychologists, Social Workers, Counsellors, Clergy and Probation Officers
Supervisors, Mining, Oil and Gas
Underground Miners, Oil and Gas Drillers and Related Workers
Supervisors in Manufacturing
Supervisors, Processing Occupations
From a northern perspective, skilled professionals in the health sector, engineers, mine workers and oil and gas workers would stand out as areas where employers are constantly in search for employees.
One thing that stands out in a cursory review of job vacancies from northern employers are the demands for engineers of all kinds and mining employees.