The tech jobs employers are hiring for the most and where to find them: report

Canada’s vast IT skills gap is no secret, with the Information and Communications Technology Council reporting that more than 216,000 tech-related jobs in the country will need to be filled by 2021.

Job search site is hoping to help by releasing a list of the most in-demand tech jobs in Canada and where they can be found.

Topping the list of tech jobs with the most openings in Canada is Quality Assurance Engineer with 3,417 job postings (per one million job postings) in 2017, followed by Junior Software Engineer with 1,230 jobs per million postings in 2017 and Web Content Specialist with 1,104 postings per million. All jobs contain a range of both entry, mid and high-level positions.

“As every company looks to innovate and grow through technology, it will be even more crucial for companies of all sizes to look to new solutions that will help them hire quality candidates and to close the talent gap in tech,” Jodi Kasten, managing director at Indeed Canada, says in the report.

The below chart details the top 15.

Job Title Number of Job Postings Per 1 Million Job Postings in 2017
Quality Assurance Engineer 3,417
Junior Software Engineer 1,230
Web Content Specialist 1,104
Reliability Engineer 1,099
Junior Developer 804
Machine Learning Engineer 757
Product Engineer 639
Product Development Engineer 582
Director of Product Management 550
Production Engineer 423
Game Tester 392
Junior Java Developer 377
Operations Engineer 290
Junior Front End Developer 277
Computer Engineer 261 also highlights that Toronto is the clear geographic frontrunner for tech jobs in Canada based on March 2018 data. The report says Canada’s largest city is home to 28 per cent of tech job opportunities in the country, followed by Montreal at 18 per cent and Vancouver at nine per cent.

Within Toronto, 11 per cent of local job postings are tech-related, but 25 per cent of those are hard to fill – which defines as staying open and unfilled for at least two months.

“Finding and retaining top tech talent is important to employers across Canada but it can definitely be a challenge: 33% of tech jobs in Vancouver are hard to fill for example, meaning the role stays open on Indeed for longer than 60 days,” Kasten explains. “The high demand is good news for tech talent but it can certainly be a challenge for employers who are in need of filling these critical roles.”

The below chart breaks down the top five cities in Canada based on their need for tech jobs.

City % National tech jobs % Local jobs % Hard to Fill
Toronto 28 11 25%
Montréal 18 10 28%
Vancouver 9 7 33%
Ottawa 6 8 25%
Calgary 4 4 25%

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Mandy Kovacs
Mandy Kovacs
Mandy is a lineup editor at CTV News. A former staffer at IT World Canada, she's now contributing as a part-time podcast host on Hashtag Trending. She is a Carleton University journalism graduate with extensive experience in the B2B market. When not writing about tech, you can find her active on Twitter following political news and sports, and preparing for her future as a cat lady.

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