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Canadian Tech Hiring Activity Accelerates, New CompTIA Report Finds

  • 7 mths ago

Employers across Canada are accelerating their recruitment and hiring of technology workers, according to a new report from CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce.

Job postings for tech occupations jumped 42,100 year-over-year in the first three quarters of 2021, a 65% increase, CompTIA's "Canadian Tech Industry and Workforce Trends 2021" report reveals. It's a signal that many employers are resuming hiring activity in conjunction with the recovering Canadian economy.

"In Canada we are seeing a rebound in tech hiring, forcing employers to become more aggressive looking for candidates and giving qualified job seekers multiple opportunities to consider," said Gordon Pelosse, senior vice president for employer engagement at CompTIA.

"Some companies are offering increased wages, added benefits and flex hours as they try to differentiate themselves from the pack," Pelosse continued. "We're also seeing more employers expand their pools of potential candidates by shifting from job postings with a minimum four-year degree requirement to a more balanced approach of validated skills and knowledge."

The CompTIA report estimates that tech employment in Canada will increase by 15,000 positions this year, with the bulk of hiring occurring in three provinces – Ontario (+7,545 new hires), British Columbia (+3,144) and Quebec (+3,008).

Over the past five years, Ontario accounted for 55% of net tech employment job gains, followed by British Columbia (22%) and Quebec (19%). The Toronto metro area alone accounted for nearly half of all net tech employment job gains during this period.

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