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Canada Needs 182,000 IT Workers by 2019

Find out what occupations are in high-demand and the steps you can take to get that job offer.

August 15, 2015

Canada Needs 182,000 IT Workers by 2019

Straight to the point. 

What IT positions are top on the list?

·        Information systems analysts and consultants

·        Computer and network operators and web technicians

·        Computer programmers and interactive media developers

·        Software engineers

·        Graphic designers and illustrators

·        Computer and information systems managers

·        Database analysts and data administrators

Why is there a shortage?

IDC Canada, a premier global market intelligence firm points to several factors in a research note recently released:

  • The increased demand for skilled ICT workers. The Canadian demand for ICT skilled workers, both within the ICT sector and more broadly across all industries, will increase to over 100,000 workers in the next four years.”
  • The declining supply of undergraduate ICT professionals. Unlike most other Canadian undergraduate degrees, enrollment of high school students in ICT-related university and college programs is declining.”
  • The relentless pace of technology that drives the market needs for skilled ICT labour faster than the supply capacity. ICT employers’ needs for skills and education are changing rapidly. In contrast, education institutions are slower in updating the curriculums to meet changes in the market needs, and the time to educate and graduate an ICT student can take anywhere from 36 to 48 months.”
  • Canada’s aging population problem. The aging population problem in Canada is expected to influence labour markets in most industries. Taking into account that young people are taking longer to start a career, more people are retiring and fewer workers entering the labour market, the supply of ICT workers is expected to continue to fall behind the market demands.”

How To Get That Job Offer

1.       Submit your CV/resume direct to each potential employer. This will take time and research since there are literally tens of thousands of Canadian employers.  You can focus on specific employers through search engines such as Workopolis.  Not to rain on your parade or prick your balloon, but unless you an exceptional subject line backed up by an incredibly well-written first paragraph of a cover letter, supported by an outstanding resume, your emailed CV could be in an employer’s twilight zone.

2.      Submit a complete candidate profile with Canada’s Express Entry, the new permanent resident selection system in place.  To be considered your profile must include an official exam results of your English proficiency (IELTS) with a minimum score of 7.0 in the speaking, reading, writing components and 8.0 in listening, or 7.0 in any factors with a score of 8.0 (less than 9.0) to get bonus points based on skills transferability.  Then you must have your credentials (diploma, transcript, license if any) assessed by World Education Services or any other authorized credentialing organization in Canada.  Your completed candidate profile becomes accessible not only to the Federal and Provincial governments but also to Canadian employers.

3.      Pursue studies in Canada, Work while Studying and Have Direct Access to Employers. Since June 2014, international students are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week while in school and work full time during school breaks.  Employers post their vacancies on school boards, preferring students who are already in Canada instead of recruiting from overseas.  While employers also check out the candidate profile in the Express Entry selection database, an IT worker already in Canada as a student stands a better chance of getting hire as opposed to an IT counterpart who is outside Canada. Medium demand occupations include:

What are the other IT occupations in demand?

  • Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • Web designers and developers
  • Computer engineers
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • User support technicians
  • Systems testing technicians

Low demand occupations are:

  • Telecommunications carriers managers
  • Broadcast technicians

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