There was an increase in Canadian job vacancies during the first quarter of 2019 in comparison to the similar period last year. Such an increase was noted in six major provinces and Nunavut territory.

The Job vacancy scenario

The Job vacancy scenario during the initial three months of 2019 was 506,000, showing 44,000 increase in comparison to the similar period last year. This was the tenth successive quarter posting a yearly increase in the job vacancies numbers and also in the rate of job vacancy.  Also, Statistics Canada stated that around 80 percent of these openings involved permanent positions.

The Canadian Employers face labor shortage owing to the ageing population and the increasing number retiring personnel. The federal government has responded by raising the immigration levels for the subsequent three years. Many of the newcomers will belong to the economic immigration programs.

Several Vacancies in prominent provinces

Quebec had a tremendous yearly increase (23 percent) among the job vacancies in the initial quarter of 2019, at 21,400. 50% augmentation was in the manufacturing and accommodation, health care /social assistance, and also in food servicing sectors.
Two economic regions in Quebec Laurentides and La Mauricie recorded an increase among the job vacancies, in comparison to the same period last year. La Mauricie had a 89.4 percent growth in job vacancies and Laurentides of 57.1 percent.

Ontario had a yearly increase of 12,400, with a strong increase for the social assistance and health care. Moreover, the retail trade, and services, added with accommodation and food servicing sectors also had an impressive growth.

Other major provinces

British Columbia reported yearly augmentation of 9,300 vacancies in jobs owing to the better performance of transport and warehousing as well as technical and professional services.

BC had 4.4 percent job vacancy rate in the first three months of 2019 that was the uppermost among Canadian provinces/territories. Its job vacancy rate was above the national average of 3.1 percent.

Permanent positions

Statistics Canada also stated that 79.9 percent of these vacancies during the first quarter of 2019 involved permanent positions. This fact is similar to the position in the first quarter of 2018.

The permanent job is one that lasts as long as an employee desires it. Statistics Canada also stated that permanent employment is associated with high wages, supplementary benefits, and a high possibility of unions and training emanating through the employers in comparison to the temporary employment. Occupations having the vacancies were in the sectors of manufacturing, management and finally in utilities.

Vacancies increase in the Industrial Sectors

Out of seven, among the ten industrial sectors, there was an increase in vacancies, in comparison to the initial 3 months of last year. Statistics Canada also stated that the growth happened owing to increase in the health care, as well as social assistance sector, and also owing to strong performance by scientific and technical service besides professional service sector.

Additionally, the health care/social services sector had a growth of 9,900 vacancies in the first quarter last year. The topmost share was of the nursing and residential care personnel. Quebec and Ontario had much increase, and the topmost share was in Nova Scotia and PEI, as per Statistics Canada.

Job vacancies in the professional and technical sector had a growth of 9,100, (28 percent), in comparison to the initial quarter of 2018, in many provinces.

The sector had a fast growth in payroll employment in the ten industrial sectors. The average hourly wage for these vacant positions in the sector had a growth of $1.20 (4.2 percent) to $30.10, the uppermost offered wage in the major industrial sectors, as per the report.

Finally, the retail trade, Manufacturing, accommodation and food services as well as educational services had a yearly increase in job vacancies in the initial three months of the present year.

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