Workopolis by the numbers: Where the available jobs and candidate searches match (and mismatch)
There has been a lot of talk in the news lately and several in-depth reports released discussing the mismatch between employers and candidates on the Canadian labour market. Workopolis conducted our own research for a report called 'Mind the Gap,' detailing how the differing perspectives of employers and job seekers are preventing them from connecting. You can see the infographic here.
On a more basic level, I decided to take a look at Workopolis' own data based on site usage, to see how the behaviour of the two groups stack up. So, I took a look at some recent statistics from Workopolis comparing the numbers of job postings in given areas and industries to the numbers of corresponding job searches being conducted by candidates across Canada.
Based on looking at where there are the biggest differences between job searches by candidates and jobs posted by employers, we can see trends in where certain workers are most in demand and where the competition for specific jobs is the highest.
In Calgary, there are amongst the most jobs posted with the fewest associated job searches in the engineering fields. This is actually the highest discrepancy of any region or industry nationally. Edmonton is also a hot job market for engineers. Accountants are also in demand in both cities.
On the other hand, there seems to be a surplus of people looking for Sales and Manufacturing jobs in the west given the fewer number of job positions available on Workopolis.
In Montreal there appears to be a shortage of software developers, office staff and sales people. That city is actually showing a surplus of engineers and financial professionals.
In Toronto bankers and finance professionals are in short supply as the number of jobs posted on Workopolis far outstretches the corresponding job searches. Software developers and skilled trades people are similarly in demand in Canada's biggest city. Toronto job searches are showing a surplus of IT, insurance and digital media professionals.
Vancouver, Ottawa and Winnipeg look fairly well balanced with no particular industry standing out as a noteworthy surplus or shortage.
This Workopolis data is readily available to us here, so please let me know if you find reading these numbers useful or interesting. If so I can make a regular feature of reporting on how job postings and searches are adding up.
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