Canada job vacancies are in rise
Canada job vacancies increased up to 16.5 percent in 2018, resulting in 548,000 vacant positions available at the end of the year. 12 provinces in Canada saw an increase in job vacancies by the last quarter of 2018
According to Statistics Canada, the highest increase in job vacancies was recorded in Ontario and Quebec. In these provinces, vacant positions increased by more than 25.000. However, Saskatchewan was the only province seeing a decrease in vacancy.
The index shows that Canada job vacancies and the job vacancy rate increased consecutively in the nine-year period. A percentage of the sum of all occupied and vacant positions defines the job vacancy rate
Available positions stay unfilled for longer, with the proportion remaining vacant for 90 days or more, rising to 12.6 percent.
The statistics show that it gets harder for Canadian employers to fill vacant positions even with skilled worker immigration being an essential tool to find the best-qualified members of staff.
Provinces with the highest figures
Ontario saw an increase in job vacancies, a rise of 14.1 percent compared to the last quarter of 2017, by 26,840 more jobs.
An increase in most of these vacant positions was in health care and social assistance, administrative and support services, and construction.
Accordingly, there was also a growth in hourly wages in Ontario by $1.55 which was a rise of 7.6 percent. This is recorded to be the largest among all the provinces.
Quebec, in its turn, saw vacancy increases in health care and social assistance, retail trade and manufacturing. Overall vacancy growth was 27.5 percent.
Hourly wages in Quebec also saw a slight rise to $ 19.95 increasing by 40 cents an hour.
In addition, there also was an increase in vacancy growth in British Columba, the rate increasing by 18.1 percent. The major fields seeing an increase in job vacancies were professional, scientific and technical services, transportation and warehousing, as well as agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting.
Employees in British Columbia saw a 7.1 percent or $1.40 increase in their hourly wages.
Canada job vacancies, by industries
The highest growth in job vacancies was in health care and social assistance in the last quarter of 2018, increasing by 26.7 percent or 12.360 vacant positions. Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia saw the most growth.
Increasing by 29.4 percent, administrative and support services were the major fields with vacancy growth in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta. The sector saw an increase of 11.5 percent, or by $1.90, which was the largest increase of any industry.
Similarly, compared to a year before, job vacancies also saw an increase in the construction field. The gowth was 30 percent with 8,590 more vacant positions.
To point out, mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction was the only field seeing a decrease in vacancies.
Let us also note that, jobs in Canada for immigrants exceptionally high in 2019. In fact, according to the statistics, the unemployment rate of immigrants fell to 6.4% in 2018.
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