The HR consulting firm ManpowerGroup recently released its 2015 Talent Shortage Survey, which looks at the professions where it’s most difficult to find skilled people to fill the available jobs. The firm looks at trends in 42 different countries, among them Canada. These are the hardest jobs to fill in Canada at the moment, according to the survey.
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1. Skilled Trade Workers
The survey divided Canada into four regions and in every one of these regions, skilled trade workers are the hardest to find. In fact, they're the hardest jobs to fill in most of the countries surveyed. Especially difficult to fill are jobs for bakers, butchers, chefs, electricians and mechanics.
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In Western Canada, drivers come in at number 2 on the list while, in the rest of the country, they are the third most difficult job to fill. Most in demand are drivers or heavy vehicles like trucks, mass transportation vehicles like buses and delivery and courier vehicles.
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Management and executive positions, especially in the corporate world, came in third overall but also made it into second place in Ontario.
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Technicians, like skilled trade workers, are high in demand, especially in Atlantic Canada, where they are the second most difficult job to fill, and in Western Canada, where they made number 3 on the list.
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5. Sales Representatives
In Canada, they are the fifth hardest job to fill but in the Americas, skilled sales representatives are the third hardest to find.
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Engineers are especially in demand in Quebec. The hardest engineering jobs to fill are those for mechanical, civil and electrical engineers.
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7. Office Support Staff
Office support staff, including personal and administrative assistants and secretaries, are less in demand in Canada than in the Americas overall, where they come in at number 4 on the list of hardest jobs to fill.
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Labourers are especially in demand in Atlantic Canada. In the Americas overall, they just made it onto the Top 10 hardest jobs to fill.
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9. Accounting and Finance Staff
Among accounting and finance positions, those hardest to fill include bookkeepers, financial analysts and certified accountants, according to the Talent Shortage Survey.
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Teachers aren't in such short supply in Ontario, where they didn't make the Top 10. However, they're especially in demand in Western Canada.
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11. IT Staff
IT positions made it to number 9 in both Ontario and Western Canada. IT gigs are also the 9th hardest job to fill globally.
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12. Production/Machine Operators
Production and machine operator positions are more in demand in Quebec, where they're the ninth hardest job to fill. In the Americas overall, they come in at number 8 while globally they are at number 10.
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While they haven't made the overall lists for Canada, the Americas or even the global list, nurses came in at number 9 in Atlantic Canada.
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14. Sales Managers
If you're a skilled sales manager looking for job opportunities, you may want to look towards the Asia-Pacific region, where they're the ninth hardest position to fill. Alternatively, look south towards Mexico, Panama, Colombia or Argentina.
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15. Restaurant and Hotel Staff
If you're in the service industry and willing to relocate, Peru may be the place for you. Restaurant and hotel positions there are the sixth hardest to fill.