While the skilled trades have grabbed a lot of press recently, and these are roles that are experiencing labour shortages in many regions, there are numerous areas showing increased hiring year-over-year.

We’ve taken a closer look at online job postings for the past year to see which fields are experiencing the most growth in hiring. Positions showing healthy hiring climates run the gamut from health and arts and culture to management and hospitality workers.

The Top Ten:

  • Hospitality
  • Trades
  • Arts and culture
  • Health
  • Sales and service
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Government
  • Engineering
  • Finance

A closer examination of which jobs are most in demand and where the opportunities are located can potentially help Canadians make strategic employment choices in order to advance their career. That’s why Workopolis recently created the Thinkopolis labour report, a monthly look at the state of hiring and employment in Canada. Read the first edition.

View the infographic: Thinkopolis: Skilled Trades and Labour Growth

Looking ahead: August 2013 Canadian employment predictions

Despite the fact that Statistics Canada announced on Friday that the national unemployment rate rose slightly to 7.2 per cent for the month of July with 39,000 jobs lost, Workopolis is expecting to see growth in the Canadian employment market in August 2013.

This is the result of positive Canadian economic growth (the Ivey Purchasing Managers Index strong at 55.3 in July) and also the previous employment report being positive on a year over year basis. The Canadian/US exchange rate has weakened over the last 6 months and is the only model component not voting for growth. We are also seeing strength in the US as reflected by the ISM Purchasing Managers Index and the recent returns in the US stock market. Since our economies are closely linked, this is also positive for Canadian economic growth and the Canadian labour market.

Year over year, the Canadian economy has added more than 226,000 jobs since last July. This job growth has been slow but steady, a trend we see continuing.