There were fewer job openings being advertised online in 2015 than there were in 2014. Year-over-year online job postings were down by 20% nationally, with the Western provinces seeing the sharpest declines in hiring.

As 2015 draws to a close, the team here at Workopolis took a look back at online job advertisements in Canada not just on our own website, but across all job boards and government sites over the past two years to determine trends in hiring.

While there was decreased hiring in most regions and sectors this year, there are still some areas of growth. Online job postings are actually up year-over-year in the fourth quarter of the year for Central Canada and the Atlantic Provinces.

Workopolis is still looking into the social ramifications of the fact that apparently Canadians have stopped hiring personal trainers, hair stylists, and dental hygienists all in the same year.

In good news for younger workers starting out their careers, the words “Entry-Level” turned up in three times more online job postings in 2015 than in 2014.

Job titles trending upwards for job postings in 2015:

Security / Loss Prevention Officers +144% [View jobs]
Licensed Mechanics (+64%) / Truck and Diesel Mechanics (+80%) [Mechanics]
CNC Programmers +549% [View jobs]
Tool Die maker +305% [View jobs]
Financial Planner / Advisor (+65%) – Retirement Planning (75%) and Home Financing (+350%) [View jobs]
Web Designer +55% [View jobs]

While not itself a job title, our research found that the key words “Entry-Level” turned up in 208% more online job posting titles in 2015 than in 2014. See also: The most sought-after entry-level jobs in Canada right now.

Job titles trending downwards for job postings in 2015:

    • Personal Trainer -85%


    • Stylist, hair stylist, barbers -70%


    • Welder -65%


    • Executive Assistant -64%


    • Telemarketer -62%


    • Taxi driver -57%


    • Dental Hygienist – 53%


    Electrician -49%


As noted, Canadians have apparently stopped hiring personal trainers, hair stylists, and dental hygienists in 2015. This may affect birth rates.

You can read the full report Workopolis Labour Report: 2015 Year in Review with regional details and on our research page.