December 27th, 2012

2013 Jobs in Demand

If you’re finding it hard to find quality candidates, you’re not alone.

CIBC World Markets recently published a study reviewing the labour market and found that 30 per cent of businesses report they are facing a labour shortage. While there are various causes for the shortage, including an unwillingness on the employer’s part to pay higher wages or train entry level candidates, the study suggests that there is a real lack of skilled applicants for many industries.

In addition to a description of the current state of the labour market, the report identifies 25 job groups that have a skill shortage and that are likely to continue to experience a skill shortage in the new year.

The following job groups will be in demand in 2013:

  • Managers in engineering, architecture, science & info systems
  • Managers in health, education, social and community services
  • Managers in construction and transportation
  • Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
  • Human resources and business service professionals
  • Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences
  • Physical science professionals
  • Life science professionals
  • Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers
  • Other engineers
  • Professional occupations in health
  • Physicians, dentists and veterinarians
  • Optometrists, chiropractors & other health diagnosing/treating professionals
  • Pharmacists, dietitians and nutritionists
  • Therapy and assessment professionals
  • Nurse supervisors and registered nurses
  • Technical and related occupations in health
  • Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
  • Technical occupations in dental health care
  • Other technical occupations in health care (except dental)
  • Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, clergy and probation officers
  • Supervisors, mining, oil and gas
  • Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related workers
  • Supervisors in manufacturing
  • Supervisors, processing occupations

The above job groups are concentrated in health care, mining, manufacturing and business services, therefore it is these four sectors that will experience the biggest skill shortages. While the CIBC report also outlined occupations that are experiencing labour surpluses, the job groups that are experiencing shortages account for over 20 per cent of all employment, suggesting the labour market is tightening.