10 hardest jobs to fill

10 hardest jobs to fill

10 hardest jobs to fill

Canada is doing better than average, and considerably better than our neighbours when it comes to filling roles, however the global shortage of skilled trades and engineering workers is affecting the country. The recent Manpower Group survey shows that only 25% of Canadian employers are struggling to fill “mission critical” roles, compared with 49% of US companies.

That percentage is also down from last year when 29% of companies were experiencing difficulty filling roles. The rate in Canada has been trending downwards since 2006, when more than 60% of employers reported a tough time hiring.

The 10 hardest to fill jobs in Canada are:

  1. Skilled Trades
  2. Engineers
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Drivers
  5. Technicians
  6. Management/Executive
  7. Teachers
  8. Labourers
  9. IT Staff
  10. Mechanics

The list roughly matches international figures, although Canada is experiencing a bigger shortage of drivers and teachers than the international trends.

“This skills mismatch has major ramifications on employment and business success,” says ManPower Group Americas president Jonas Prising. “We’re seeing too many employers become complacent about the talent shortage and ultimately they will struggle to realize their business objectives.”

See also: Falling into the skills gap? Grow your own candidates

Many of these jobs have been on Canada’s list for the past five years, with no change likely, so employers need to be creative and flexible when trying to fill these roles. There are long term solutions such as supporting education programs and encouraging young people to enter skilled trades, but that won’t help organizations in the short term.

Employers need to broaden their approach to recruiting and hiring, says Melanie Holmes, a vice president at ManpowerGroup.

“Employers must leverage flexible workforce models that integrate a dynamic mix of workers; advance contemporary people practices that redefine how talent is hired, rewarded, engaged and developed; and improve talent pipelines by tapping different resources of talent and re-skilling current employees.”


  • Jimmy O'Farrell 2012-07-05 5:49:13 AM
    almost everything on this list isn't a 'job', it's a class of occupation...
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  • Neale Harrison CHRP 2012-07-07 10:29:41 PM
    This lack of available talent is common complaint of companies in Canada and the United States.

    If an organizations sole strategy is to rely on the “free agent” to fill their talent bench, they will place themselves at the mercy of the free market economy/pricing for such key talent. Given the need for great talent is outpacing he supply, more and more companies are looking inward to access and invest in emerging talent. This strategy is a prudent one as these organizations will not only reap the benefits of developing a pipeline of strong bench strength but, also have a higher degree of engagement and loyalty displayed by this talent versus the free agent.

    At Talent Matters, we provide outsourced human resources solutions that enable organizations to identify talent and develop that talent through designing and delivering cost effective customized leadership development programs. We have over a quarter century of human resources expertise that can be leveraged by growing and mature businesses to create a more capable and engaged workforce and reduce ones reliance on the free market “free agent”.

    Great companies invest by building capability from within and understand the risk of viewing human capital as a commodity that is subject to trade on the free market.

    Look to Talent Matters “www.talentmatterscanada.com” to support you with your talent development, talent acquisition and HR outsourced matters.

    Neale Harrison CHRP
    President & Founder
    Talent Matters Inc.
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  • Deena 2012-07-10 6:57:30 AM
    I' m surpised to see teaching as one of the listed occupations. In Ontario there is a surplus of teahers both experienced and inexperienced who can not even get on the supply list let alone a full time
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