IT jobs 2017-12-08T03:46:31+00:00

Canada needs to fill 180,000 IT positions by 2019

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Due to skills mismatch, demand-supply imbalances, an aging workforce and other factors, Canada is headed for a major technology talent shortage in the next five years.

Canada needs to fill 182,000 IT positions including information systems analysts and consultants, computer and network operators, Web technicians, software engineers and others in by 2019.

There are about 811,200 information communication and technology professionals currently employed in Canada, but provinces across the country will require an additional 182,000 ICT talent by 2019.

The study was funded by the Government of Canada’s Sectorial Initiatives Program. The report was prepared and released by a team from the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a labour market intelligence and industry skills standard body funded by the government.

“The latest innovations in ICTs – in particular the Internet of things (IOT) as well as social, mobile, analytics, apps and cloud (SMAAC) – have become drivers of innovation, productivity and growth,” the report said. “…It is projected that the availability of homegrown ICT talent will not be sufficient to meet these hiring requirements.”

Most employers will still have difficulty recruiting individuals with the right blend of technical and business skills. “Unless adequately addressed, this will cause particular strife to Canada’s prosperity, as growth in Canadian workers’ productivity levels has fallen notably since 2001,” according to the report.

The researchers said “employment growth – combined with replacement demands due to skills mismatch, retirements, and other exits, demand-supply imbalances will affect some occupations more than others.”

Among the high demand occupations identified by the report were:

  • 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

Medium demand occupations include:

  • 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

The demand-supply imbalances will hit:

British Columbia needs fill 20,900 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to exceed 15,000 in Vancouver and over 1,700 in Victoria, and over 3,600 for the rest of British Columbia.

Based on current projections, Alberta would have to fill 17,300 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 10,600 in Calgary, over 4,000 in Edmonton, and over 2,500 in rest of Alberta.

Saskatchewan needs 3,900 ICT professionals over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 1,400 in Regina, over 1,100 in Saskatoon, and over 1,300 in rest of Saskatchewan.

Manitoba is expected to need 4,000 ICT professionals over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 3,300 in Winnipeg and over 600 in rest of Manitoba.

Based on current projections, Ontario would need to fill 76,300 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 52,700 in the greater Toronto area, over 9,700 in Ottawa-Gatineau, over 3,800 in the Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo region, and over 9,900 in rest of Ontario.

Quebec needs 49,600 ICT professionals over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 35,600 in Montreal, over 9,900 in Quebec City, and over 3,900 in rest of Quebec.

From current projections, New Brunswick would need to fill 2,200 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 900 in Moncton, 800 in Fredericton, 300 in Saint John, and 100 in rest of New Brunswick.

Nova Scotia would need to fill 3,200 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 2,900 in Halifax and over 300 in rest of Nova Scotia.

Prince Edward Island would need to fill 1,500 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 900 in Charlottetown and over 500 in rest of Prince Edward Island.

Newfoundland and Labrador would need to fill 3,800 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 2,400 in St. John’s and over 1,200 in rest of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Another way to close the talent gap is to attract young ICT professionals considering only one out of every 20 ICT jobs are fill by young ICT professionals.