A recent article by the Global Post suggested that Western Canadian construction companies are struggling to find highly skilled talent. The British Columbia government predicted that there will be more than 1 million job openings in that province alone over the next 10 years. Does current hiring demand reveal this increasing need for construction candidates? Over the last 30 days, hiring demand in the construction sector was down -.2%, with about 9,900 job ads posted online. Recent demand doesn't necessarily demonstrate the expected level of increase. However, when looking at construction hiring over the past 4 years, the number of job ads grew 36%. This might be a better indicator of the likely growth rate over the next 10 years. The need for construction workers was actually greatest on the Eastern side of the country, with Toronto and Montreal having the highest number of job ads. Demand in Toronto rose 31% when comparing the past 30 days to the same 30-day period last year.
Cities with the Most Demand for Jobs in the Construction Sector – 4 Year Trends
Construction Manager was the most commonly advertised occupation in the this sector, followed by Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers and Construction Estimators. Of the 5 most required jobs, demand for Technical Sales Specialists-Wholesale Trade had the highest gains, up 93.5%. The new single-family housing construction industry accounted for the largest portion of job ads, 44% of construction demand. As the building of new homes and real estate are considered indicators of economic health, is this a good sign for Canada's economy?
Occupations with the Most Demand in the Construction Sector
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