Earlier this month, a reader asked for hiring demand and talent supply data for the mining sector in the US, with a particular interest in potash mining. This article prompted another reader to request the same data for Canada. Today, we looked at the Canadian mining sector to see what trends we can spot.
The same mining industries that had the highest number of job ads in the US during November were also the most in-demand in Canada, support activities for oil and gas operations and crude petroleum and natural gas extraction industries. Potash, soda, and borate mineral mining appeared 6th on the list of mining industries with the highest demand. Potash accounted for 2% of all mining job ads while support activities represented 36% and crude and gas made up 25%. The number of potash mining job ads appearing online was 3% lower than November 2012. Overall hiring demand in the Canadian mining sector throughout 2013 is pacing 5% behind 2012. Other crushed and broken stone mining and quarrying experienced the largest increase in demand, up 44%, while uranium, radium, and vanadium ore mining had the greatest decrease, declining 24% year-over-year.
Industries with the Most Demand in Canada's Mining Sector
||YOY % Growth
|Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations
|Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction
|Natural Gas Liquid Extraction
|Drilling Oil and Gas Wells
|Support Activities for Metal Mining
|Potash, Soda, and Borate Mineral Mining
|Gold Ore Mining
|Uranium-Radium-Vanadium Ore Mining
|Other Crushed and Broken Stone Mining and Quarrying
|Iron Ore Mining
In the US and Canada, Petroleum Engineer was the most commonly advertised occupation. In potash mining, Information Systems Analysts and Consultant was the most in-demand occupation. In the past year, Oil and Gas Well Drilling Workers and Service Operator job listings increased at the highest rate, 63%.
Most Commonly Advertised Mining Jobs
- Petroleum Engineers
- Oil and Gas Well Drilling Workers and Service Operators
- Geologists, Geochemists, and Geophysicists
- Truck Drivers
- Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
- Mining Engineers
- Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
- Construction Managers
- Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
- Oil and Gas Drilling, Servicing and Related Labourers
Potash jobs were most advertised in Saskatoon. Calgary had the most jobs listed in the entire mining sector. Demand in Edmonton was up 17%.
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