Here at Workopolis we are sometimes accused of focusing disproportionately on white collar office jobs – while neglecting to write about the other occupations that many, many people work in. So this weekend, I’ve been reviewing recent job postings reports, and it turns out that many of the most readily-available positions right now require more hands-on skills than most desk jobs.

Looking at online job postings and how long they stay online across platforms – on Workopolis and other paid websites as well as on the free classifieds and government job boards – we can see which vocations are most in demand by Canadian employers and how long those positions take to fill.

Job postings that stay up the longest – or which are immediately reposted following the job ad’s expiration – indicate a perpetual need or a difficulty to fill.

So we’ve put together a list of the most sought-after vocations for which there are constantly available job openings advertised online.

Here are the 15 most in-demand occupations in Canada right now

These jobs typically take approximately 45 days to fill. Job posting data shows that Truck Drivers and Nurses usually take the longest to fill at about 55 days – or eight weeks.

The job with the shortest job posting period is Administrative Assistants, which averages 36 days, or just over five weeks.

Recruitment firm ManpowerGroup’s Talent Shortage Survey recently identified a similar list of the most difficult jobs for employers to hire for in Canada for 2015. Their findings also show a need for workers for both blue collar and white collar jobs.


Peter Harris

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