A recent report by one of Canada’s "big five" chartered banks identifies 25 occupations in this country that appear to have skill shortages, meaning that jobs are going unfilled because of a lack of qualified applicants.
At the same time, the report says, the labour-surplus pool is increasing because job opportunities in another 20 categories are disappearing.
The December 3, 2012, report by CIBC World Markets Inc., titled "The Haves and Have Nots of Canada’s Labour Market", can be read in its entirety here.
The types of occupations where the jobs are going begging appear to be concentrated in areas such as health care, engineering, mining, and science-related professions. These include doctors, dentists, nurses, and vets but also optometrists, chiropractors, pharmacists, dieticians, and nutritionists. Likewise, management positions for architecture, construction, and engineering fields are being left unfilled, as are those requiring chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineers.
A shortage of skilled applicants also plagues employment arenas involving human resources, investment and business-service professionals, auditors, and accountants.
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and B.C., in that order, topped the list of provinces showing the highest vacancy-to-unemployment ratio.
At the other end of the scale, the bad news is for those seeking employment as secondary or elementary teachers or counsellors, in clerical positions, as machine operators and related workers, or in traditional occupations such as shoe repairers, upholsterers, jewellers, butchers, and bakers.
No news as to the prospects for candlestick makers.
The methods/analysis used to arrive at the report’s slotting of occupations into one or the other list included, in part, Statistics Canada data, information about unemployment rates, and wage growth (or lack thereof).