Canada is looking for a variety of skills to fill the ever growing gaps in their market and it seems the most popular skills Canadian employers are looking for are experienced in Information Technology (especially those with coding skills), project managers, accountants and engineers are among the most.
Every year the human resources company, Randstad Canada, conducts a study into the local job market looking at what employers are looking for and what candidates are offering. The newest study showed that business analysts, IT project managers and software engineers all rank among the Top 10 Jobs Most in Demand.
The study looked at job openings, job placements and other data from various Canadian markets that were collected and compiled by Randstad Canada and business research consultants CEB/Gartner.
“Tech continues to be one of Canada’s best job sectors, rapidly adding new jobs for developers and analysts of all kinds,” the study says.
Coding skills “intensely in demand”
Drilling down into its IT-sector findings, the study says developers “with knowledge of both front and back-end coding are intensely in demand,” especially full stack developers. Java remained the top developer skill, with SQL in second. Python and .net are also considered in-demand.
The top technology jobs were; project manager, software engineer, web developer, program analyst and java developer.
Randstad says Canada’s IT sector employs 488,000 professionals and added 11,500 new jobs in 2017. Nearly 50 per cent of those jobs (5,000) were created in Toronto and 2,000 were created in Montreal.
Canada is serious about attracting the right IT-talent and has as such created IT immigration programs which have been put to use in an effort to attract the best candidates while also making entry into Canada easier for those meeting criteria.
The federal government’s Global Talent Stream was created last year to expedite the processing of work permits for highly skilled workers in a number of tech occupations.
At provincial level, British Columbia holds weekly draws for tech workers with a job offer through its Tech Pilot program and Ontario has conducted tech-specific searches of the federal Express Entry pool through its Human Capital Priorities Stream.
Other careers that are still popular are; accountants, engineering project manager, business analyst, customer service representative, IT project manager, account manager, software engineer, app developer and most trade occupations.