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Many skilled trades positions are going unfilled because there aren't enough people. (REUTERS)
ManpowerGroup recently released the results of its 2014 Talent Shortage Survey, which show a steep decline in Canadian talent shortages, from 51% in 2013 to 31% in 2014. While the drop is significant, human resource management in Canada remains on par with the global average of 36% and job candidates can improve their chances of employment by focusing efforts on industries with higher talent shortages.
Globally as well as locally, ManpowerGroup findings show that skilled trade workers are in high demand and skilled trade positions are the hardest to fill in Canada followed by management/executive and sales representative positions. A complete list of the top-10 most difficult jobs to fill can be found at ManpowerGroup.ca.
Though skilled trade workers often require certifiable skills, Canadian companies which are experiencing difficulties filling jobs cite a lack of technical competencies as the primary cause of their talent shortage – not a lack of certification. Luckily for job candidates who may not meet all job requirements, ManpowerGroup’s survey found that 47% of companies are willing to address talent shortages by providing additional training and development to staff and “redefining qualifying criteria to include individuals who lack some required skills or formal qualifications, but have the potential to acquire them.”
For specific industries, the Government of Canada offers in-depth market outlooks by province, territory, city, and region for various industries and occupations at jobbank.gc.ca. On this website, visitors can also find average hourly wages and job listings sourced from various job posting sites like Workopolis.com and WorkBC.ca.
Candidates attracted to the possibilities of working abroad may be interested in learning that “for the third consecutive year, Japanese employers report the highest level of talent shortage – more than four out of five employers are struggling to fill open jobs,” according to ManpowerGroup’s ninth annual global talent shortage survey. Employers in Peru, India, Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, and New Zealand also report high talent shortages while employers in Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, South Africa, and Singapore are experiencing the least difficulty filling open positions.