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Online job postings are declining across Canada, according to Workopolis

Jelani Grant
Biz/Tech Editor

Despite the importance of the Internet and social media, potential employees looking for job postings online, should expect a lower volume of job opportunities online.

Workopolis released a labour report for 2015, and found that job positions posted online have declined across the nation by 20%, compared to 2014.  The lack of job postings can be attributed to Canada’s declining economy this year, but the report says employment should increase by the first quarter of 2016.

Workopolis Editor in Chief, Peter Harris, says the lower rate of online job postings are mainly due to Canada’s current economy. Harris said, “a general weakness in the Canadian job market,” is the primary reason for this national decrease in online work ads.

Hiring was a little slower across the board this year, but the most surprising industry facing job-posting declines this year, was health. Despite the significant demand for doctors and nurses, entry-level job postings in the health industry have declined by 32 per cent.

However, the decrease in online job postings does not mean anyone searching for employment should lose hope on online employment ads.

“When a company advertises a job online it’s because they need that position filled, so there really is an opportunity there,” said Harris.

The Western region was affected the greatest in 2015, due to the decline of jobs in the oil patch industry. Quebec, on the other hand had a generally flat rate compared to 2014 because of their employment rate from the past couple years. “Quebec had a pretty good year, on the job market”. This may appear to be a good year for Quebec but due to their high unemployment over the past couple years, the increase in job postings is not reflective of Quebec’s employed.

“That province had a head higher than the national average unemployment rate for the last few years, and they’ve kind of leveled out”, said Harris.

With the change in job postings and economic status, employers are changing their most-wanted work skills. The Workopolis report lists the most in-demand skills and most of them require computer skills such as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Works, reports and documentation.

“People are staying in jobs for a short period of time now, they average about two and a half years,”said Harris.

Because the average duration of employment is shorter, Harris suggests meeting new people and establishing connections with every job experience.

“It’s the experience and accomplishments you can rack up that will look good on your resume, the connections you make, the professional network you build, and the skills that you learn.”

According to the report, Ontario and Central Canada are projected to improve next year. For this year though, younger workers will be happy to know that the words “Entry-Level” turned up in 208% more online job postings in 2015 than in 2014.

The Canadian job finder has been publishing thousands of employment opportunities for citizens since 2000. The full report, providing information about high-demand jobs, in-demand skills and trending job titles can be found on the Workopolis website on their research page.

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