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The truth about technology jobs

If you’re just getting started thinking about your career, are a teacher or a parent looking for information about career options, or an employer looking to train your employees, it pays to start with the facts.

The demand for technology jobs is expected to outstrip supply over the next decade in Canada.

Demand for tech jobs is increasing 

  • Tech jobs are changing and their role in business is expanding.
  • There are 106,000 job vacancies expected in information, communications and technology (ICT) by 2016.
  • The skills needed for ICT jobs are shifting from desk-bound programming to a blend of leadership, management and technical skills.
  • Nearly every organization is using technology for everything from video conferencing to cloud computing.
  • Business professionals are needed with knowledge, skills and qualities to lead and support effective, competitive use of ICT’s.
  • Specialized technologists – both ICT-focused and multidisciplinary – are at the leading edge of innovation in every sector.

Talent is in short supply 

  • Today, over 1 million people (3% of Canada’s workforce) are employed in technology related jobs – half are employed outside the ICT industry.
  • More Canadians work in ICT than agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, oil and gas, utilities, and transportation industry manufacturing combined.
  • Young people are avoiding technology careers.  Today, only 1 out of every 20 tech jobs are held by youth.
  • Women continue to make up less than 30% of the ICT workforce.
  • New Canadians face real barriers to ICT employment.
  • Canada’s baby boomers are retiring and will further reduce the pool of available talent.

Facts

  • The growing skills gap is the greatest setback to the success of Canadian business the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says in its report, Tackling The Top 10 barriers to Competitiveness 2014
  • 32% of Canada’s employers claim their most pressing issue today is a shortage of “skilled” workers and more than 70% say this shortage is adversely affecting their ability to compete in the global economy
  • 84% of Canadian CIOs plan to hire in 2015 with 50 per cent of CIOs saying it is challenging to find skilled IT professionals.

Changing the talent conversation

We have adopted a range of programs and initiatives designed to help young people, educators, parents and influencers make informed decisions about technology related careers and help grow the talent pipeline in Canada. We have created a holistic end-to-end approach to address the skills and talent shortage:

Educators and Students

Employers, Partners and Government