The 10 hardest jobs for Canadian employers to fill in 2014

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Here’s some good news on the jobs front just put out by Statistics Canada this afternoon. In a release called Job vacancies in brief, three-month average ending in May 2014, the agency reveals that the competition for job openings appears to be cooling down.

While one year ago, there were 6.3 unemployed people for every job vacancy in Canada that number has since fallen by half a percent. There are now 5.8 people without jobs for each available opportunity.

They attribute the declining ratio of job seekers to open positions to the country having fewer unemployed people than it did one year ago.

And how many opportunities are there currently? According to Statistics Canada, there are about 240,000 open positions across the country to be filled right now.

Recruitment firm ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey recently identified the most difficult of them for employers to hire for in Canada for 2014.

The ten hardest jobs for employers to fill? (and their average Canadian wages)*

* Salary data from Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey

While the same amount of employers complain of a lack of technical skills in applicants as last year, the greatest increased challenge for employers over 2013 is that fewer candidates are even applying for their jobs. 53% of Canadian employers say that this talent shortage is having a medium to high impact on their ability to meet client needs.

Similarly, Wanted Analytics just this week released a list of the jobs that take the longest to fill in Canada. Transport Truckers tops their list at an average of 55 days to hire. Registered Nurses and Salespeople come next at 50 and 48 days to hire. Conversely, and in contrast to the Manpower report, Wanted says that Administrative Assistants are the positions that take the least time to fill – at just 36 days. You can read the full list here.

Perhaps as a reflection of the declining completion for jobs – and an increased struggle for talent, wages are inching upwards too. The average weekly earnings for Canadians were $937 in May, which works out to roughly $48,725 annually. That is a salary increase of 2.6% over May of 2013.

Two recent employer surveys forecast that Canadian workers can expect an average pay increase of 3% in 2015.

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  • Sandra Weinstein

    I agree with all these articles. However isn’t amazing how you all avoide AGE DISCRIMINATION as a reason for not being able to hire people.

    • thenomad

      I don’t think anyone is deliberately avoiding that issue, only that we are talking about the personal experiences we have.

  • disqus_Z1fbbYbtAm

    Sure. All bosses want someone who has 100 years of experience with all the hard skills and certifications. Meanwhile, they want them to get paid cheap and/or have to work more than 24 hours a day to finish stuff on time. Companies nowadays are too cheap to train anyone. To all employers who wish to find and hire those people, well, good luck.

    • DrCaligari

      They want someone who has 100 years of experience, but who is 30 years old.

      • Evan d’Entremont

        And willing to accept the salary of a 20 year old, with the management skills of a 10 year old.

  • Terry Stevens

    The same issue in the skilled tradrs and skilled construction labourers. Companies want the besy experince workers, but pay them entry level wages and the government just sits on the fence and meeps telling every one to go back to school. For this certicate and that degree.. its a total joke . Borrow more money from the government to get that job. Instead of the government helping companies train on the job so the individual can learn and earn all at the same time so they can pay there bills.

    • LaszloZoltan

      every job is going to require some kind of training – it is a lame excuse not to hire experienced qualified people (at their proper earning rate) and dismiss the many applicants who deserve a chance. companies are profiting by overworking their current staff, who are too meek and fearful of the possible consequences

  • Richard Derek

    Administrative Assistant positions are not that hard to fill – it’s employers who want too much experience the position.

    • rjd2

      Correction: They want too much experience and refuse to pay for it.

      • Evan d’Entremont

        Exactly. Post an ad for X job for markefRate/2, and of course you’ll have no applicants. Post it for marketRate*2, and you’ll be fighting them off.

        The key is finding that spot. Unfortunately employers got used to “you’ll take what I offer” during the recession, especially in technical fields. think ghts why there are so many startup companies now.

    • hfwgx

      This topic is such a hot one. I am sick of employers complaining about shortages. I know of many people – young and old- wanting to work and have excellent skills to offer too! Companies want everything and when they can’t get that they say they can’t find ‘anyone’!! The young have it hard to get their foot in anywhere and those that do its’ because of ‘who you know and who you b—‘ Older workers who could be such an asset are overlooked because companies are ‘afraid’ that these people are overqualified and will leave for better pastures without considering that it is these very older workers that were brought up with values of loyalty and commitment as opposed to many of the current generation. In the end, please stop circulating these types of articles. They do a disservice to everyone.

      • Kay

        So true hfwgx I could not of said it better myself. It seems that one is either too young with no experience or too old with too much experience the funny thing is I have been on both ends when I was younger I could not get a job for the reasons of no experience so I had to work hard to get my foot in the door and now that I am older I have to work hard to get my foot in the door again all because I do not know the right people I have seen others who are not even qualified for the position get the job, because of who they know. I just laugh to myself if a company wants to be that stupid and not care who they hire and want to please a friend or relative rather than do what is best for the company it is their fault if they fail then. I read what Joe posted as well so sad to hear about offshore replacement.

  • David Gay

    The declining job seeker to job vacancy rate could be a result of people quitting their job search in despair. It’s the same reason why the unemployment rate is misleading, as people who give up looking for work, or are in a position of employment disparity (where what they do for work does not match what they used to do in the past), are not part of the percentage.

    Another comment I’d like to make is the issue of credential creep, where over time the requirements for jobs (including entry level jobs) rises. Case in point: do a search on Workopolis, Indeed, or Simply Hired for cashier positions and the general average experience is between six months to one year. This was never the case in the past, since cashier positions was once an on-the-job learning positions. For entry level positions like this, companies need to loosen the restrictions and invest more time in on-the-job training, especially for our young people who need work experience to get their post-secondary employment aspirations running.

    • LaszloZoltan

      people dont “give up” looking for work, people still need an income to survive. this “giving up” is just a turn of the phrase that really means “cut off” from EI. the only people you might see who have given up are the street kids living under a bridge

      • David Gay

        Completely untrue. There were times i simply stopped looking for work and stayed with a friend for a month or longer. I lived off what I previously earned through past temp jobs and gigs or what I was loaned. No income was earned and no jobs were applied to during these bouts of depression. I did back on the search once that bout was over.

        • LaszloZoltan

          admit it, you were a steet kid
          (sorry, no offense intended, of course we all speak in generalities, meaning theres always exceptions, and there are no rules)

          • David Gay

            None taken, but because you do not know my background, nor read any entries of my blog or watched my videos on YouTube (both of which is a record of my job search from nearly the beginning), I can understand why you came to the wrong conclusion. Allow me to set the record straight:

            I was never a street kid. I grew up in a happy middle class home and was not only a great student that graduated in the upper third of his class in college, I also had a very successful and prosperous information technology career. I do not have a criminal record and was never arrested. Everything was happy lucky until the Great Recession of 2008-2009 where everything changed, My career was done, I found it very hard to find a job no matter what I did, I’ve been through 4 employment assistance agencies, none of which were able to break my situation I am in. When the money ran out, I lost my apartment of over 20 years and had to stay with my family. When my fortunes worsened, I for the first time in my life ended up in a homeless shelter, and am now travelling between Toronto and the Waterloo Region in search of work. So far I’ve done a lot of temp work and odd gigs to bring in some money but nothing has caught fire.

            That’s just the tip of the iceberg, but it is hard to take 4 years of all of what I had to put up with and condense it into a simple Discus paragraph

          • LaszloZoltan

            sorry for your hardship, I was trying to be a bit lighthearted and wound up insensitive. in my line of work Ive trained a couple of folks with a similar story- im glad i never went into IT, I would be lost today for sure.i career-hop. when things arent working, try working different things

          • Chubbyranks

            A lot of the retraining is a money making racket.
            Training could be much shorter and less expensive.

      • Laura

        I’m one of the people who did give up because I was looking for a job in my carriere during a year, never got accepted because my lack of experience… so, I decided to change of profession and now I’m taking a course of childcare.

  • sales54

    I think the numbers are bogus. I’m in sales, and was one of the top performing sales people across Canada for a multi-national company. My average sales were almost three times the provincial average, and I’ve been looking for a position for over a year.
    Yes, there are lots of opportunities at churn and burn companies. You know, the ones that figure if they put enough people out there, that the company will make money, and they don’t care that the sales person isn’t even making enough to pay expenses. But real honest to goodness positions where you are treated well and can make a decent living – yeah, not many of those.

  • Ladidi

    Administrative Assistants are hard to find? I have been applying for
    such a job for over a year now, rather unsuccessfully… Perfectly
    bilingual with a couple of other languages to offer at a very good
    level, about 20 years of experience in upper management support and
    solid education. From my perspective, the employers are affraid of
    people with experience, their expectations of the candidates are
    exaggerated and the salaries rather low. 15 years ago my first job as an
    Executive assistant to three directors paid 36,000 and the list of
    skills and requirements to succeed in the job was much shorter from what
    I see in the postings today… And yet, quite recently, a well
    established large insurance company was offering me a similar position
    for 35,000. The point is that companies expect highly qualified
    Assistants (advanced MS Office and specialized software, accounting and
    financial reporting knowledge, etc.) but refuse to recognize that these
    skills come with age, education and many years of experience and cost
    more than the average 42,000 a year. Combining a receptionist, a
    translator and an admin support role and office manager into one
    position and calling the Administrative assistant of officer is not
    going to solve their problems. It only proves that their are unaware of
    the responsibilities of each position. I also agree that age plays
    against us; I am inclined to think that my inability to land a job after
    quite a few interviews is a vivid proof.

    • Sandra Weinstein

      As i posted earlier……Age Discrimination. I base this on your 20 years experience. This coupled with your being “Overqualified”. Although employers and those who write for Workopolis will not admit to this. I have similar qualifications and the same story,.

      • Kay

        I agree age discrimination big time. I laugh when I hear the right fit buzz word, a nice way of saying we can eliminate you quickly as you are over qualified older than we want. I find it funny that you are too have all these skills and experience and still somehow be young imposible I say. I think society needs to see age discrimination for what it DISCRIMINATION and learn to accept people for their talents and skills they have and stop seeking superficial attributes but hire someone for what they can contribute to the company. I remember when I first started looking for work straight out of school I was not experienced enough so had to take jobs and prove myself and work my way up, now that I am older, more educated and experienced, I have to take lower paid jobs the price you pay for learning more, gaining more skills, and getting older. I have years of experience as a law clerk, legal assistant and admin.,

    • Laís Vilela

      Dear Ladidi,
      I am graduated in Office Administration Course and I really agree with you.
      I would like to talk to you about your experience as Administrative Assistant.
      Please, could you send me an email for or add me at Skype: lahvilela
      I look forward to hearing from you.
      Best Regards,
      Laís Vilela da Silveira.

  • Just Me

    Companies out there have ridiculously high expectations, then when you meet them, or heaven forbid, exceed them, it’s even worse!! “Over-qualified” or “we were looking for somebody a bit more junior” (aka – we don’t want to pay you – well I DIDN’T ASK FOR THAT LEVEL OF $$). This has been happening to me repeatedly for a couple of years – even after a 2nd and 3rd interview a couple times. I’m absolutely blown away, and speechless – which is a first. Not to mention the exceedingly high level of frustration. Not bitter though…. nope.

  • Achille Kamgaing

    I don’t really thing there is a lack of technical
    competencies in Canada. Canadian have understood how important it is to have
    the proper qualification in the field of their choice in order to increase their
    chance for employability in the future. Furthermore colleges in Canada try to adapt
    their program to meet the job market need. So, with Canadian willing to improve
    themselves technically, and with colleges permanently adapting their curriculum
    to the job market requirement, the problem has shipped to another level: “experience”.
    The high competition due to the increasing number of qualified people vs.
    limited jobs available leads employers to more capriciousness, resulting in
    that employers are permanently looking for qualified job seekers who are been knocking
    unsuccessfully to their door. It seems to be so difficult to find someone who
    is just standing in front of you.

    • Zeus o’ the North

      There certainly is a shortage of technical people. My company can’t find enough qualified people here. I.T. Unemployment in canada is less than 2%

      • David Gay

        That is incorrect. The national unemployment rate ids considerably higher than 2% and in Ontario, it’s higher than the national average.


        Any job creation done over the last three months have been mostly part time and contractual jobs, hardly anything that offers stability.

        Take into consideration also that the unemployment rate only represents those actively seeking employment. It does not record those who have given up, nor those who are working in a state I call employment disparity, meaning those actively working but not in the career they are trained for (for example, a programmer working as a cashier at a gas station)

        • Zeus o’ the North

          If you read my comment, you’ll see it specifically states that the IT sector has an unemployment rate of less than 2%.

          • David Gay

            I didn’t see the I.T. part of your comment earlier when I replied, but I am still in doubt that figure you stated is accurate.

            Can you provide a source that states the unemployment rate for information technology workers is less than 2%?

          • Mark

            Its a bunch of nonsense. IT jobs are getting, typically, many dozens to many hundreds of applicants. Entire CS classes are going unemployed. To say that IT unemployment is anywhere near as low as 2% defies credibility.

      • Mark

        Are you kidding? Or just lying? A local IT firm put out a relatively modest ad for an IT worker and got over 50 qualified applicants. If you aren’t overwhelmed with qualified applicants, your firm must have a really bad reputation.

  • DrCaligari

    Do the unemployment statistics include people who have been out of work for so long and haven’t been interviewed or even been so much as contacted by employers in so many years, that they are stopped looking out of sheer discouragement?

    • LaszloZoltan

      no. the unemployed stats only count those currently on EI- it’s a political smoke and mirrors thing; like the weatherman who says it’s great barbecue weather outside when in fact it’s raining cats and hotdogs

      • Kay

        Amazing and I guess when you drop off the EI radar you are not counted for as hey you don’t exist so great their numbers look good for employment. Political smoke and mirros for sure.

  • Joe

    The above categories of why an employer cannot find a suitable candidate are mostly bogus excuses – vague things they say in order to get someone cheaper or to hire an offshore replacement. I work for a large, multi-national technology services company and since 2008 I have seen some pretty concerning practices. For example, a technical person with 20 years experience is laid off but prior to them leaving, they are asked to train their offshore replacements (I’m serious – this has happened many times and they hired 2-3 newbies to replace the one skilled person). Because the company is multi-national, they can get away with it, saying they have operations all over the world and that they are just “optimizing their workforce”. If the replacement is required to work in Canada, the company would select one of the above bogus categories to qualify to bring that person into Canada on a temporary work visa. Meanwhile, the middle class jobs for technical people continue to go to non-Canadians and those laid off are stuck. If they try to get their previous salary, they aren’t hired. If they take a lower salary, it will have to be much lower to compete with the non-Canadian’s expectations (who by the way have only a couple of years of experience). I hope the government closes these loopholes otherwise I’ll have to coach my kids to train for jobs that cannot be off-shored and there will indeed be a skills gap in technology. BUT there certainly isn’t one at the present time!

    • Akirababe

      Did you know that the non-Candians brought in to work under those bogus categories actually have their wages subsidized by the government? So not only are these people taking lower salaries, but the government is giving half of it back to the company. They’re not just cheaper, they’re almost free in comparison!
      The government was actually talking recently about seriously modifying the “skilled foreign worker” program, cracking down on companies that abuse it in ways like charging the companies $5000 admin fees every year to hire these people, instead of $275 every two years. There’s also going to be a new limit on the amount of SFWs allowed in a company, I forget the %, but it’ll cut down the number of people hired that way drastically.

      A friend of mine got to train his replacement too. He was a night auditor/Manager at a popular hotel where he’d been working for, I believe, 7 years. He asked for a raise and they said they’d think about it for the next quarter. Minimum wage had gone up two years prior and they hadn’t raised him in a while, so new people under him were making about $1 less than him, which as management with tenure in a high turnover company is silly. Well, he found himself training a new night auditor “to cover vacation time, mostly, she’ll just be working as a service rep”… Then they laid him off, giving some completely bogus reason that was so ridiculous I can’t even remember it.

      • Kay

        I have heard of this too one person told me that works in the industry that if you were non-Candian not only did you get retraining you also had other programs that covered you while you looked for work and work programs as noted above by Akirababe so if you are Canadian and you are lucky you qualify for things like Second Career but if you are non-Canadian you get Second Career plus several other supports that Canadian do not get so after a Canadian gets retrained they are left out in the cold while a non-Canadian gets funding and support. And companies wanting to save money it is a win-win for them. Just adds to the frustration of finding employment and competition.

  • Lorraine

    First of all, as a person who hires people on occasion, I have to say that experience is not all we look at. There are personality factors that play a part in who we hire.

    There are red flags that will knock you out of contention for ANY position pretty fast. Amongst the ones I watch are: spelling and severe grammatical errors; bad mouthing previous company/bosses/co-workers (even if you were “right”); indicating that you left a position because you couldn’t get along with others; showing a disregard for customer service or being unable to be a part of a team; focusing on the number of “perks” the position provides rather than being eager to contribute… etc.

    Having said that, there are employers/recruiters that have a bias against certain groups of people, including older workers. I myself have a team of employees ranging from just out of university to just about retirement age.

    If you have applied and interviewed several times and had no success, it may be beneficial for you to attend an employment agency and get some help with your resume and/or interview skills. Perhaps a skilled recruiter or job placement professional can help.

    The problem (from my perspective) with hiring those without any experience is the time and expense that it takes to train someone…. who will probably leave in a year or two because that’s the new trend. Gone are the days where you trained a new hire and have them still here 10-15 years later. Another factor are those “newbies” who assume they should get top pay while being trained…. just because you have a degree, you have not earned the pay scale of a seasoned, experienced worker. I have to pull someone away from their duties to train you… which costs time and money. In some positions, I can afford the luxury of this, but it’s not all dollars and cents – sometimes the lack of trained people available to train is the issue. In this case I really do need an experienced worker.

    • Susan S

      I agree with all the above statements re: difficulties in finding employment since my experience(s) looking for
      work are the same. I would also add that the government needs to
      separate the current and expected income increases into two categories:
      government/union jobs and non-government/non-union jobs. If they did,
      everyone would see that the average increase for private sector
      employees is either non-existent or the income levels are actually

    • April

      Maybe if older workers would get hired, they’d have employees who want to stick around longer! Ageism is rampant. And sexism. So, being an older female almost guarantees you will not be hired, no matter what you bring to the table, how educated you are, how hard you work, or how adept you may be with computers (many assume once you hit 50 you are completely illiterate with computers, but that is not always the case).

      Gone are the days that employers cared about their workers – part time, no benefits, no pension, low wages and expected to do the job of 3 people – is it any wonder people don’t stick around?

      • Lorraine

        Again, I have hired older workers, so don’t paint us all with the same brush. I just recently hired a lady (ie: female) in her late 50’s precisely because of her experience…. Full time, with benefits, RSP’s and a light work load.
        Lumping all employers into the same category is just as unfair as those who say older workers are not good hires.

        • April

          What is unfair is having to live on nothing for years because no one will hire you. The job you describe is rare – and the stats prove it – not just my opinion. I am glad someone out there is hiring older workers and treating employees well. But, in reality, you are the exception not the rule.

          Employers who don’t hire older workers or don’t provide benefits, etc., still have a place to sleep at night and food on the table. Many older job seekers (in particular, women) do not. So, let’s talk about real fairness. And this is not aimed at you specifically. It is the way of the world these days, with the vast majority of employers – only a handful fit the description you describe.

          I know, I have been interviewed by several – I have an MBA and tons of experience and I am pleasant (though you might not know it from this rant lol), a good team member, hard worker, youthful, and yet, I get passed over for younger, and often male, candidates. Sad but true

        • mike

          Being a 50+ skilled trade worker, I can honestly say that anytime throughout my career that I have been seeking employment, I have always found it relatively easy to find a job including starting new employment 11 months ago at the age of 54. The job I took has full benefits, pension plan,etc., So I would have to disagree with the age discrimination being relevant. Sometimes it is a matter of how we sell ourselves

  • Rob Ellerby

    The report also says the number of vacancies is about the same as the year before, which strongly suggests employers are not able to fill the positions because they’re not willing to pay enough. That makes more sense than saying they can’t find people with the right type of qualifications – in that regard, I’ve known many employers that disregard the lists of qualifications when they decide to hire (either before or after the fact) someone they really like.

  • Joy

    I have been looking for a job for months now with qualifications in Industrial relations,(masters) marketing(BSc) , CHRP candidate and a post graduate certificate in human resources with years of experience here and abroad. What more do employers need? I never get replies or they say not qualified. Am thinking of becoming self employed. The government has to do something about this. Now am a personal support worker to make ends meet.

    • Zeus o’ the North

      Why does the government need to do something about your employment situation?

      • David Gay

        A working Canadian is one that generates tax revenue to pay for services, especially important ones like hospitals, the electrical grid, sanitation, and roads. Anyone who is not working (and wants to work, just to stress that in case you equate unemployment with being lazy) is drawing money from the coiffures.

        It’s to the government’s advantage to get every man and woman in this country working. It’s the best investment the government can put their money in.

        • Tracy Cameron

          Here, Here!
          Finally someone states a basic truth!
          A government can’t run without Taxes, people who are not working are not contributing part of their income to taxes, people living off the ‘Dole’ are taking away from the monies set aside to help get people working, Employment Insurance – not Government Subsidized Unemployment! Plus that’s only for the people who qualify, if they decide you ‘could’ be working, no mater the lack of interviews much less a paying job, You’ve paid into EI for 35 years and now are told you ‘don’t qualify’ for assistance – usually with a sneer- and they point you back to the wall of “job postings” which might get you a paycheck, perhaps, for min. wage, maybe.
          What we need is a total change to the ’employment’ requirement. We file our work history, training, certification and experience with the Government. These companies screaming they don’t have any ‘qualified’ applicants need to be Required to interview from this possible work force and PROVE why none of them are ‘qualified’ before being granted any ‘subsidies’ or ‘tax breaks’ and that has to include time on the job before the worker is deemed ‘unsuitable’ without even an interview or phone call!
          Enough is Enough! Canadians’ want to work, we want to be paid what our work is worth and the better we’re paid the more the Government gets from our income taxes and living expenses taxes and entertainment taxes which they won’t get if we aren’t working!

  • Lisa

    I agree with the comments and concerns regarding the administrative assistant statistic. I think the term (job title) has been generalized to the point of obscurity. Employers bundle an enormous amount of responsibilities and expectations into a job role, and accompany it with low compensation — add a narrow list of attributes and the problem becomes obvious: employers do not understand this type of role still. In my organization, this happens all the time. HR hires an administrative assistant (25-35), expecting a rock star, and gets a milk dud. Why? Because the job description describes an executive but labels it ‘administrative assistant’, attracting jr. level individuals; it describes a sr. level role but offers the compensation rate of a recent grad entry; and, it describes an experienced professional but selects looks over experience. All of these are major contradictions that do not seem to shift over time.

    I understand the appeal (being a young 30 something administrative professional), but having worked with so many people (young & experienced) who are not a good fit for an administrative role, I can only conclude that the bar needs to be raised and it’s up to employers to raise it!

  • therimisrolled

    80% of applicants have suitable certifications, and 60% refuse to train them for their roles..

  • Mersha Refai

    I have experience, credentials and applied to sales rep, customer service, admistrative assistant and nothing… This survey is flawed… Entry level jobs require 3 years+ experience which makes no sense, job hiring is done internally so surveys like this makes no sense… I have applied direct and through job agencies for the past 2 years and nothing… And I am back in school to get credential in another subject…

  • Bilkhu Tajinder

    i agree with all the people over here and from my perspective this whole data is just a manipulation because i work for an employment agency and i know how badly people are suffering from unemployment .data presented over here is not the real scenario.

    • vicky

      Very True Taji

  • lion sikh

    Any luck for electronics technologists? And what are the minimum wages for it?

    • Maria V

      I agree with the rest of comments. Age discrimination is really present when applying. The company I worked for over 23 years in manufacturing shut down or plant closure. I was having a hard time finding work. I am 59 years old. Not quite illegible to apply for CPP Pension. I still have to look for work. I had been unsuccessful finding company who wanted to hire me. It was really tough when you’re very old finding work. I even dye my gray hair to darker color to look younger but still no luck of getting hire.

  • OpenTalk

    Almost all the job can be included with your broad categorization. So what is excluded. In fact many people are applying for these jobs with qualification and they couldn’t get hired.

  • Samira Es

    The best solution is to leave the country for a change. Not worth it with all one’s experience and education and skills. Unlike what you have been told, employers don’t want that.

  • James Price

    IT positions?

    Really I don’t believe it. I have been applying for Project
    manager positions right across Canada and got no replies, despite getting 30 Canadian
    PM positions per day in my email. I have been using the same resume for jobs in
    Europe and the UK and have 3 interviews so it is not my resume or my experience
    (I fly out for the interviews in London on the 10th September).

    I have worked for GMAC, GM, Ford, the Canadian Government and
    NATO managing $60 million projects.

    • Zeus o’ the North

      Really? Because my workplace hires 20-25 I.T. Project managers a year to replace the ones that keep getting head hunted away from us. You’re not looking hard enough for work or you’re charging too much. Our PMs make between $75k and $130k based on experience and talent.

      • James Price

        YES REALLY!

        the last two and a bit months I have sent out 10 Resumes per day in Canada ( having just got back from 12 months in Afghanistan I will go anywhere in Canada) and had 0 (that is ZERO) reply’s.

        10 per day time 68 days = 680 (That is in my book is trying).
        36 resumes sent to Europe 3 interviews

        so where is the fault in my statement?

        So do not assume to judge that some is not trying Hard.

        The comment that I am charging too much totally blows me away. Who puts the money expectations on their resume? That usually comes at the end of the interview when they offer you the job. Guess what with no reply’s the question of money doesn’t even factor into it.

        If you would like to see my Resume and see whats wrong with it I am quite willing to send it to you. Having spent $600 for a professional rewrite I would love to see what you have to say.

        • Zeus o’ the North

          Sure James . I would be happy to help if you wish. It was not my intention to insult your work ethic and i sincerely apologize if i did. I don’t claim to be a resume expert and I don’t charge anyone, but I am an I.T. Project manager. Is there a way to connect with you without putting my private email on the comment board?

          • Mark

            If you’re really having trouble finding IT people, then you shouldn’t have any problem putting your email on this board. Along with the name of your company and a human HR contact. Otherwise we shouldn’t believe your claims of low IT unemployment at all.

          • Storm Ryder

            Mark this reply clearly indicates why you are NOT getting IT jobs – as soon as you post your email address publically it will be bombarded by spammers from here to eternity and back. WIthin 1 month you will be forced to start using a different one.

          • James Price

            If you really want to help and your company is still looking for PM’s look me up on LinkedIn and contact me through that route.

            I have been applying for everything in Canada (except Quebec as my French is not that good).

            I have friends that worked for EDS on the GM account who now work on checkout store, also as a security guard at Pearson Airport.

            I am still looking for a job in Canada but now have a contract position working with a large multi-government organisation in Belgium.

          • Zeus o’ the North

            Okay, I’ve just checked around town and found that both London Life and TD Canada Trust are both hiring IT project managers right now in London Ontario. Take a look at their respective websites for job postings. Both of them have recently reached out to me through recruiters and asked me to apply. Perhaps you can get in at one of those locations. All the best in your search James. Glad you found a contract.

  • marcus grant

    I don’t believe its that hard in finding some kind of job, just to get you back working, it might not be the job you want, but at least your not ideal. I got the same no experience in a job, but i have a MA, 2 HDips in IT, and I could not get a job here, i applied in Toronto and got something i did for 5 years in the home automation and project management. So now I am will say that it takes time. There are jobs but companies are too strict on employing, if someone lacks a certain skill or experience house train them is the best way.

  • David Gay

    So far there’s been a lot of discussion on whether employers are too strict with their hiring requirements for a position and allowing credential creep to grossly inflate the requirements, or maybe it’s us job-seekers who are simply not trained enough.

    I can’t answer that question as truth. I have my experiences as a job seeker, and we’ve already seen employers post here that they are being unfairly tarred with a single brush.

    What I can do is share with you what I encounter between one-quarter and one-third of the time when applying for positions. The following link is an example of an application process at PetSmart for an early morning stocker. It took over 30 minutes to complete, even with just selecting the first choice button for each question.

    Again, this does not definitively prove the job-seeker point of view that employers are being too unfair with the hiring requirements, but it does add damning evidence to their argument that maybe credential creep is running rampant. As stated, this is not a rare occurrence but something not uncommon I come across.

    Your comments are appreciated.

    • David Gay


  • wayne

    If instead of looking at unemployment rates, you look at employment rates, you find a near record low of employed Canadians. (Lots of people have given up looking, and are never counted in official stats… as in nearly 25% of the population according to statscan. ) There are 250,000 or there abouts freshly minted university and college grads every year. There is no excuse what so ever, for employers to complain about not finding people. Add in another 250,000 immigrants, and the pool of available labour vastly out numbers the pool of jobs. The numbers of people in their 50’s and early 60’s that that been displaced by right sizings is staggering. The ability to find a living wage, that is a different story! Lots of low wage part time work out there, but that is no way to raise a family, and have some sort of work home life balance! It’s about time companies accept their responsibility and accept it costs training dollars, and mentoring to grow skills they need. Perfection out of the box is rarely found. You want a dedicated work force for your company? Earn it! You gain your workers respect and pay them a decent wage, every one of them will be a salesman for you. Be cheap, you get what you pay for, a work force that does not care!

    • Zeus o’ the North

      Did you even read the article? These people don’t have the skills to do the job. They go to university and get a four year masters in social sciences and then moan about how all the jobs available are in the knowledge sector or technical trades. Well duh. Go get retrained and then apply.

      • David Gay

        If the working poor or the unemployed cannot afford retraining through post secondary education or speciality colleges, and do not qualify for Second Career or any other job assistance program, where do you expect them to find the money?

      • Mark

        Actually there are tons of engineers unemployed, especially in the IT area, who aren’t even interviewed when they apply. Are you really suggesting that these people lack “training” or need ‘retraining’? Give your head a shake!

  • Rob lover

    Employers want people who have experience. Imagine the scenario of a teenager who never had a job before. It really boils down to two things: who you know/who you are and how well one can lie or sell themselves. The best way to sell yourself on a resume, I found, is to lie or exaggerate. I found that works. I was 20 years trying to get work for a certain company and finally landed the interview after telling some lies on my resume while at same time making sure there was no way anyone could find out different. They seemed very impressed until they contacted one of my references on my resume. This reference was someone in a managerial position and after overhearing him talking to this employer he told this person “she does a good job, but only issue about her is she lets things bother her.” Was that unethical for him to say that even though it was true at that time?

    • Mark

      But not everyone is meant to be a salesperson. Sales is a skill. Engineering is another skill. Sure, a few people have both, but society is losing out on a lot of talent if the people who are engineers, but lack salesmanship skills are summarily excluded from the labour market.

      • Rob lover

        Sales is a skill I have learned on my own, but I lived in a small town most of my life and found most of the hiring managers hire people they know such as best friends. One has to be someone’s brother/sister to get the best jobs in my home town, a small town.

        My sister and brother were away after I finished school and being a shy loner in a small town made it more challenging. I eventually found stable work from starting out as “being my own boss,” doing volunteer work, taking courses, assertive training courses, persistence, overcoming shyness, maintaining a positive attitude, which is the most important. My sister got me my first job. I also learned to be very careful who to list as a reference.

      • Rob lover

        You never answered my question, which was the last sentence btw.

  • Chen

    Some junior positions require 3 years working EXP. It is junior, why you need someone with 3 years exp?

  • AssHat900

    Don’t worry most of these jobs will be in-sourced to robots and AI soon.

  • D.E.

    I am a certified journeyman painter with 25 years of experience, and while there are numerous jobs available, employers continue to offer wages that are far below what is acceptable. Eastern Canada is especially unfair in the wages being offering for skilled trades people. In many instances this is because recent immigrants are willing to offer their services for very low pay, and unfortunately it seems that this is an acceptable practice by employers. A journeyman in Saskatoon or Calgary can get 30.00/hr or more, while in Toronto the same person would be very fortunate to find anything higher than 18.00/hr . Offering attractive compensation for skilled trades would certainly go a long way to encourage young people to begin considering skilled trades as a career option.

  • R. E. Lee

    I am nearing “retirement” and the things I have read and heard from young people over the last few years is pointing to what could be considered a fertile ground for revolution. Those who have nothing to lose have nothing to fear.

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  • RanaSahib

    The fundamental problem in the employment market is that too many people are willing to work for free, ranging from newly minted white collar professionals to newly minted blue collar labourers. Corporate greed is bottomless and so takes advantage of parcelling out work to as scarce a human resource base as possible.
    If you’re a truck driver, don’t move that empty trailer for a shipper/receiver just because the last guy did it to be nice (and because he probably doesn’t speak English well). Let the warehouse hire someone at fair wages to do it.
    If you’re a marketing manager for a pharmaceutical firm, don’t take your spreadsheets home in the evening or on weekends. Let the company hire someone, perhaps a new graduate, to build those countless financial modelling scenarios.

  • MB

    Hello My Name is MB. I would like someone to answer my question. Why do we have so many teachers here in Canada without a job? and to say the least they are expecting us to sit at home and wait until they may need somebody to fill a half day job without any regards that as teachers no offense, we are not twenty anymore and at home with mom and dad to pay the bills. We have too many teachers right now without a job and a future to look forward to…….

  • Outtaworktoolong

    None of these jobs are “hard” to fill. I will agree they may SEEM hard to fill if these companies expect to find somebody willing to work for minimum wage, with 20 years experience, and zero benefits.

    As Wayne mentioned, when you contrast “official” unemployment vs employment rates, something does NOT add up. Not even close.

  • ksg1

    There is one thing you all have in common, poor English writing skills. All of your comments are written with poor grammar and spelling errors. One very important quality employers require are good communication skills; I can’t emphasize the importance of spell check and grammar check. Have a resume expert review your current resume.
    When you do get the interview, give yourself a professional look: updated haircut, glasses, shoes, and a power suit (one outfit that you wear just for interviews). It doesn’t need to be expensive, it simply needs to be professional looking. Another thought is less is better, referring to your jewelry, makeup, too sexy or extravagant. Don’t worry if you feel over dressed for the interview, you only get one chance to make a first appearance.
    Make yourself unique in some way, so they will remember you. Nothing over the top, yet something unique such as a successful activity you have completed in your life i.e. recently joined a book club, or singing group, learning a new language or how to play a musical instrument.
    These indicate you are a life long learner, have a balanced life style, and other interests in your life, which transfers to the skill of interpersonal communication i.e. interacting well with others.
    Wishing you the best of luck.

    • Outtaworktoolong

      This is a casual comment board. The way I speak at a business meeting, versus the way I speak at a bar or casual place, are totally different.

      Jobs are hard to come by now, things are really slowing down. Thanks to the influx of TFW’s, and corporations outsourcing, there are at least 6 qualified workers for every open slot.