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The 5 hardest jobs to fill in Canada this year

Christina Bruce|

We’ve all come across those tough-to-fill jobs. But what are the toughest of them all? We take a look specifically at the Canadian landscape and have come up with the five hardest jobs to fill in Canada for 2013.
Watch out if you’re recruiting for one of these, you might just find it pretty challenging!

Mobile Developers
We all live attached to our smartphones—that’s just a reality of today. Statistics from a mobile technology group put more than 50,000 people working in mobile technology. Sounds like a lot, but when you consider the 1.9 million people who work in retail or the 1.5 million in manufacturing, you can see how small that segment really is. So why are these jobs so hard to fill? The rapid growth of the industry just can’t keep up with the number of people with those specific skills.

Niche IT jobs
Unsurprisingly, IT roles always fall into the hardest-to-fill category. “In terms of hard to fill roles within IT, it always comes down to how niche the technology skill-set is,” IT recruiter Carmine Pallazzo explains, “Some technologies or skill-sets literally reduce our talent pool to a handful (i.e. less than 10 across the country) of people…from here, you now have to assess whether or not they meet the other mandatory requirements: does the location and/or salary work, and of course, is this individual available. These factors can bring your talent pool down to zero.”

Bilingual positions
Do you need to speak French to get a job in Canada? Nope. But it’ll sure help if you do. As the demand for French-and-English-required roles in Canada increases every year, it becomes harder and harder to find people. And as bilingual boomers retire, the usual 6000 tough-to-fill roles filled annually is sure to rise. Plus, increasing immigration numbers in Canada’s urban centres mean that businesses will see an increased need for workers who can speak other languages as well.

Canada is a pretty big country, and the labour shortages we’re experiencing often differ from region to region, as we discuss in this previous Workopolis article. In the GTA, Montreal, and Calgary, however, a Randstad study found that filling engineering roles like draftspersons, mechanical engineers and mechanical designers is going to be particularly difficult. Why? Again, these roles require a high level of technical knowledge that often requires years of training to attain.

Skilled Trades
You’re probably already aware of this, but we have a massive shortage of skilled tradespeople in Canada. Just how far does this problem go? We’re talking about a shortage of one million tradespeople by 2020, according to one estimate in a recent Globe and Mail article. There are a lot of factors contributing to this, such as the perception of a trade versus a university degree, and the ease of becoming certified across all provinces easily.

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