Last Updated on March 29, 2019
March 29, 2019 – Job vacancies increased in 12 out of 13 provinces and territories in the last quarter of 2018, as Canada ended the year with 548,000 positions available, up 16.6 per cent in 12 months.
New data from Statistics Canada shows Ontario and Quebec saw the biggest job vacancy increases, both by more than 25,000, while Saskatchewan was the only province to register a vacancy reduction.
The figures mean a ninth consecutive year-over-year increase in Canada job vacancies and the job vacancy rate. The job vacancy rate is the number of job vacancies as a percentage of the sum of all occupied and vacant jobs.
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Jobs are also remaining vacant for longer, with the proportion remaining vacant for 90 days or more rising to 12.6 per cent.
The figures show how Canadian employers are finding it increasingly difficult to fill positions, with skilled worker immigration an important tool for finding the best qualified members of staff.
Ontario had 26,840 more job vacancies in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with a year earlier, an increase of 14.1 per cent.
Canada’s largest province saw the most vacancy growth in health care and social assistance, administrative and support services, and construction.
Ontario also saw a $1.55 increase in hourly wages, a rise of 7.6 per cent – the largest among all the provinces.
In Quebec, vacancies grew by 25,465, or 27.5 per cent. The highest vacancy increases were seen in health care and social assistance, retail trade and manufacturing.
Average offered hourly wages in Quebec grew by 40 cents an hour to $19.95, a 2 per cent increase.
British Columbia, meanwhile, saw job vacancy growth of 16,060, or 18.1 per cent. Major vacancy increases were focused on professional, scientific and technical services, transportation and warehousing, as well as agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.
The offered hourly wage rose by $1.40, or 7.1 per cent in British Columbia.
Job Vacancies by Industry
Broken down by industry, health care and social assistance saw the largest increase in job vacancies in the fourth quarter of 2018, at 12,360, a 26.7 per cent rise. Nearly all of the growth was in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta contributed the majority of vacancy increases in administrative and support services. This sector saw vacancy growth of 9,895, or 29.4 per cent.
Offered hourly wages in the sector grew by $1.90, or 11.5 per cent, to $18.45 – the largest increase of any industry.
Construction also saw a near 30 per cent increase in job vacancies, with 8,590 more jobs available than a year before. The growth rate of 29.7 per cent was the highest of all the sectors, driven by Ontario and Quebec.
Overall, the only sector seeing a decrease in vacancies was mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction.
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