TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The percentage of unfilled private sector
jobs remained steady at 2.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2013,
representing approximately 295,000 full- and part-time jobs, according
to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business
"As the economy has improved and unemployment has come down, companies,
particularly smaller companies, have struggled to fill open jobs," said
Ted Mallett, CFIB's chief economist and vice-president. "While unfilled
jobs may seem harmless, they represent missed opportunity for business
and the economy."
Businesses with fewer than 19 employees had the highest vacancy rate
(4.2 per cent), while businesses with 500 or more employees had the
lowest (1.6 per cent). Recently, the federal government introduced
changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program that could make
it even harder for smaller firms to find the staff they need.
"Smaller businesses structurally have higher vacancy rates," added
Mallett. "The TFW program has been one way for these businesses to fill
openings that they could not fill otherwise. Ironically, it was
problems at larger firms that prompted changes to the program, yet it
is smaller companies with legitimate challenges that will bear the
brunt of the impacts."
By sector, Canada's construction industry has the country's highest
vacancy rate (3.6 per cent), although that rate is dropping. Other
sectors seeing declines in Q1 are oil and gas (2.4), information arts
and recreation (2.2), retail (2.0) and hospitality (2.6). Meanwhile,
agriculture (2.9), transportation (2.5) and social services (2.2) have
seen modest increases. The highest numbers of actual jobs available are
in hospitality, retail, construction and manufacturing—each sector has
30,000-40,000 job openings across the country.
Saskatchewan now has the highest vacancy rate in the country (3.9).
Alberta (3.7) and Newfoundland and Labrador (2.9) also have
above-average vacancy rates, and both continue to rise. British
Columbia and Quebec are right around the national average (2.5), while
Manitoba (2.3), Ontario (2.1) Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (1.9) and
Prince Edward Island (1.5) fall short of the national rate.
Job vacancies are defined as openings that have been vacant for at least
four months because business owners have been unable to find suitable
employees. First quarter findings are based on 2,909 responses,
collected from a stratified random sample of CFIB members, to a
controlled-access web survey. The series is based on 78,792 responses
going back to 2004.
To read Help Wanted: Private sector job vacancies in Canada Q1 2013,
please visit www.cfib.ca.
CFIB is Canada's largest association of small and medium-sized
businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region of the
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Independent Business
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