Saskatchewan’s minister of advanced education Rob Norris has said that an increase in visits to the Saskjobs.ca job posting board by people from Ireland shows that the land of the leprechaun offers a pool of potential labour.
There has been a notable increase of 156% in site visits from Ireland in the past year. “This high increase in visits signifies the large pool of people in Ireland that are seeking opportunities abroad,” Norris said in a statement. “It also emphasizes the importance of the provincial government’s labour recruitment mission to Ireland, which is connecting Saskatchewan employers with qualified candidates who are seeking to emigrate.”
Norris said the SaskJobs.ca website saw more than 13,000 job postings by employers in 306 communities last month, a 42% jump over February 2011. More than 50% of listed jobs were full-time positions and the majority of jobs were posted in the following three categories: trades, transport and equipment operators; sales and service; and business, finance and administration.
Saskatchewan’s economy is in the usual position of booming alongside extreme labour shortages, and according to the Conference Board of Canada’s help-wanted index for January, Saskatchewan was the only province to see its labour market tighten during the same period.
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