E-commerce’s boom during the pandemic and the wave of retirements by Baby Boomers are fuelling all kinds of opportunities for job seekers in Canada and foreign nationals looking to immigrate to Canada under economic immigration programs.
Human resources giant Randstad Canada says there are opportunities in Canada for workers from all backgrounds with a strong increase in demand for those who are hoping to gain employment in the skilled trades, e-commerce and supply chains.
“With the Baby Boomer generation retiring, Canadian employers see an important gap for skilled trades and blue-collar positions,” says Nick Montesano, executive vice-president of the central region at Randstad Canada.
“Since the 1970s, high schools have not encouraged the trades as a career path, resulting in decades of shortages of skilled young people in the trades. It’s interesting to see that a degree isn’t the only path to steady employment and a secure income.”
There is still a massive demand in Canada for workers in the technology, healthcare, and professional services sectors but employers are also looking to fill many good-paying positions requiring relatively little formal training.
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This year, the love affair Canadians have had with online shopping during the pandemic is expected to continue and create even more jobs in this area.
“With the vast increase in demand for online deliveries, reduced delivery cycle, a never-before competitive market, and ever-increasing customer demand, we also see a strong need for supply chain positions such as production supervisors, warehouse workers and drivers,” said Montesano.
Here are Randstad Canada’s Top 15 Jobs for 2023 and how many workers landing those positions can expect to earn in Canada.
1. Developer (NOC 21232)
Businesses accelerated their plans for digital projects during the pandemic and fuelled a huge spike in demand for tech talent.
“Developers now work at various organizations, from small and medium-sized businesses to large corporations and governments,” notes Randstad Canada on its website.
Developers can expect to earn $68,000 to $155,000 based on the position’s level.
2. HR Manager (NOC 10011)
Finding the right people for jobs during a labour shortage means the first step for many businesses is getting a good human resources manager to make those decisions.
“In the post-pandemic world, businesses face many challenges, such as budget constraints, looming skills gaps, and worker expectation shifts,” notes Randstad Canada. “HR managers help enterprises face those challenges and adopt new workplace practices that include remote and hybrid work options.”
Human resources managers can expect to earn $75,000 to $156,000.
3. Mechanical Engineer (NOC 21301)
Growth in the renewable energy sector is driving demand in Canada for mechanical engineers who are also sought out by employers in other STEM industries, including aerospace, automotive, manufacturing, and biomedical.
Mechanical engineers in Canada make between $66,000 to $131,000.
4. Welder (NOC 72106)
Retiring Baby Boomers who are licensed tradespeople are leaving a gap in the labour force and there are too few young workers to replace them.
With that shortage of welders, these workers can command salaries from $40,000 to $74,000.
5. Accounting Technician/Bookkeeper (NOC 12200)
“Despite an influx of new workers in the accounting sector, there is still a significant need for accountants,” notes Randstad. “Accounting is so in demand that it is a part of the Canadian immigration Express Entry system.”
Accounting technicians and bookkeepers in Canada earn from $61,000 to $114,000 annually.
6. Registered Nurse (NOC 31301)
Every province in Canada is screaming for more registered nurses, one of the most in-demand occupations in the country. Many provinces are currently putting in place improved processes to speed up foreign credential recognition for internationally-trained nurses.
Registered nurses in Canada make between $68,000 and $94,000 annually based on the position’s level.
7. Warehouse Worker (NOC 75101)
The demand for goods in Canada is high which means there is also a demand for talent across the supply chain with the most significant gap being warehouse workers, notes Randstad Canada.
“With the high demand, many job opportunities are available for both skilled and unskilled workers,” notes the human resources company.
Warehouse workers earn from $17 to $29/hour, or from $33,150 to $56,550 per year based on a standard, 37.5-hour work week.
8. Customer Service Representative (NOC 64409) (NOC 64400)
“Today’s customer service professionals must be able to work from home, be tech-savvy enough to use the company software platforms (including communication and customer relationship management systems), and be flexible enough to provide each customer with a personalized experience,” notes Randstad Canada.
These service professionals make between $43,000 and $74,000 annually.
9. Driver (NOC 73300) (NOC 73301) (NOC 74102)
Online shopping’s surge in popularity during the pandemic has not abated with the re-opening of stores as public health restrictions eased.
That’s led to a serious labour shortage for truckers and drivers to meet and overcome this supply chain nightmare.
Drivers earn between $42,000 and $65,000 annually based on their position.
10. Sales Associate (NOC 263102) (NOC 64100)
“A good sales associate can make a business successful,” notes Randstad Canada.
“During the pandemic, when many retail and hospitality locations were closed, many former associates found new jobs, and now stores and the hospitality sector are back up and running with a new increase in demand.”
Sales associates make from $46,000 to $84,000 in Canada.
11. Administrative Assistant (NOC 13110) (NOC 13111) (NOC 13112)
The responsibilities of these people, who take care of the myriad of tasks and details needed to keep the offices of businesses humming, have greatly expanded and become much more high-tech over the years.
Today, as ever, they are in hot demand.
Their annual compensation ranges from $47,000 to $99,000 based on the position’s level.
12. Business Analyst (NOC 21221)
With computer technology making it ever more possible to use big data to boost the profitability of businesses, the role of the business analyst has taken on even more importance in fueling business growth.
Business analysts earn between $62,000 and $142,000.
13. Production Supervisor (NOC 72010) (NOC 72022) (NOC 82010) (NOC 92012) (NOC 92021) (NOC 92024)
“With the vast increase in demand for online deliveries, reduced delivery cycles, a never-before competitive market, and reduced margins with ever-increasing customer demand, it’s no wonder why production supervisors are in demand,” notes Randstad Canada.
Production supervisors earn from $53,000 to $114,000.
14. Digital Marketing Coordinator (NOC 11202)
Digital marketing coordinators used to work almost exclusively for marketing agencies.
But that was then.
“With the rise of e-commerce, almost every company now requires a digital marketing coordinator on their team to help with critical projects,” notes Randstad Canada.
These marketing experts make from $62,000 to $122,000 annually.
15. Construction Project Manager (NOC 70010)
“Construction project managers are required for the construction sector primarily to help facilitate the massive housing boom that continues to take place across Canada,” notes Randstad Canada.
These project managers earn from $61,000 to $150,000 annually.