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Canada: Top 10 In-Demand Jobs in Manitoba Amid Growing Labour Shortage

According to Manitoba’s economic outlook, a rising labour shortage will only become worse over the next five years, with a net deficit of 29,600 people for available employment.

Between 2021 and 2025, the Manitoba economy will witness a total of 1,41,700 job opportunities, but only 1,12,100 new workers will join the workforce, leaving many job openings unfilled. “Transportation and warehousing; forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas; and healthcare and social assistance are anticipated to be the fastest-growing Manitoba industries between 2021 and 2025,” states the economic outlook.

The sales and service sector is predicted to generate the highest number of jobs, with 28,000 opportunities, or 19.8% of all job openings in Manitoba. “Job openings in trades, transport and equipment operator occupations are estimated at 27,500 or 19.4 per cent, and occupations in education, law, and social, community and government services are expected to produce 17,300 job openings over the forecast period of 12.2 per cent,” states the report.

Many jobs were impacted by public health regulations and the developing tendency of doing more online shopping and holding virtual meetings and events, such as trade exhibitions and conferences, during the Covid-19 pandemic. The need for more healthcare and cleaning services — as well as supply chain interruptions – impacted other occupations. As a result, some jobs are in lower demand while others are in higher demand.

Based on Ottawa’s estimates, these are Manitoba’s Top 10 Most-Improved Jobs and their National Occupational Classification codes.

  • Administrative Assistants (NOC 1241)

These are the individuals who handle administrative tasks such as preparing, keying in, editing, and proofreading letters, invoicing, presentations, brochures, publications, reports, and other related materials using machine dictation and handwritten copy. They also receive and distribute incoming mail and other materials, coordinate information flow among departments and organizations, and plan and confirm appointments and meetings for their employers.

Because of Covid-19, 334 of these jobs were listed on the Indeed job website in Manitoba in mid-November, and demand is projected to continue high as businesses reopen and work-from-home arrangements become more widespread.

Administrative assistants in Manitoba make a median annual pay of $43,875 based on a 37.5-hour work week, with wages at the top end of the spectrum reaching $67,500.

  • Mail, Postal and Related Workers (NOC 1511)

Workers in post offices, mail processing facilities, and internal mailrooms process and sort mail and parcels, as well as serve customers and record transactions at sales desks and postal gates.

Early in the pandemic, the Covid-19 public health restrictions struck this occupational group in the face, driving down employment by 61% in April of last year compared to the previous year. Then came the explosion of internet shopping, which resulted in a massive increase in parcel delivery. Now, there is a resurgence in demand for these positions.

Based on a typical work week, postal workers earn a median annual wage of $42,900, but in Winnipeg, the provincial capital, they can make up to $54,600.

  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants (NOC 2171)

The number of IT employment in Canada increased by around 32% in the first year of the pandemic, as travel bans and lockdowns pushed Canadians to rely on internet shopping and Zoom meetings.

Analysts and consultants in information systems analyze and test technical specifications, develop and implement information systems development plans, policies, and procedures, and offer advice on a variety of information systems concerns.

They were suddenly in higher demand than normal. Apparently offered 128 opportunities for information systems analysts in Manitoba as of mid-November. Based on a regular workweek, these professionals earn a median annual wage of $80,170 in Manitoba but may earn up to $1,07,800 in Winnipeg.

  • Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers (NOC 2174)

During the pandemic, the same dynamics that raised the demand for IT analysts also boosted the demand for computer programmers and interactive media developers. During the first year of the pandemic, earnings for this occupation increased by 15%.

People who write, edit, merge, and test computer code for software applications, information processing applications, operating system-level software, and communications software are known as software developers.

Developers of interactive media write, edit, integrate, and test computer code for web and mobile applications, computer-based training software, computer games, film, video, and other forms of interactive media.

They earn a median yearly income of $70,300 in Manitoba, based on a 37.5-hour work week, but can earn as much as $98,000 in Winnipeg.

  • Home Support Workers and Related Occupations, Excluding Housekeepers (NOC 4412)

Home support workers are people who give personal care and companionship to elders, disabled people, and convalescent clients. They normally provide care at the client’s home and often reside there as well. They can also work for home care and assistance agencies or work for themselves. In mid-November, there were 1,093 similar jobs posted on Jobbank in Canada.

In Manitoba, the average yearly compensation for this position is around $29,250, with more experienced individuals earning around $44,030.

  • Graphic Designers and Illustrators (NOC 5241)

In mid-November, there were 214 job opportunities for graphic designers in Canada, with roughly 20 positions in Manitoba, as employment in this field began to recover after a previous shortfall caused by a pandemic-related drop in advertising. These are the individuals who design and create graphics and visual materials for periodicals and magazines, advertisements, films, packaging, posters, signage, and interactive media such as Web sites and CDs in order to effectively express information.

These workers earn a typical annual income of $46,878 in Manitoba but may earn as much as $61,300 in Winnipeg, based on a 37.5-hour workweek.

  • Cleaning Supervisors (NOC 6315)

Early on in the Covid-19 pandemic, the job to have was that of a cleaning company supervisor or owner, as everyone seemed to suddenly need and want to wipe down and clean every high-traffic area in every business numerous times each day to stop the spread of the virus.

“Manitoba’s enhanced business sanitation guidelines adopted to prevent the spread of Covid-19 have increased demand for commercial cleaning services,” states the federal government’s Manitoba Economic Outlook.

In mid-November, there were 428 supervisory jobs available across the country, with 475 vacancies in the housekeeping and janitorial sector in Manitoba. Cleaning supervisors in Manitoba earn a typical annual pay of $45,000 depending on a 37.5-hour workweek, but in Winnipeg, they may earn up to $64,760.

  • Plumbers (NOC 7251)

Plumbers work in factories, plants, and other comparable businesses’ maintenance departments, for plumbing contractors, or as self-employed individuals. They fix, and repair pipes, valves and fittings, and other piping equipment in the household, industrial, and commercial structures for drainage systems, water delivery, and wastewater disposal.

Although early during the virus outbreak, Covid-19 public health measures reduced the number of jobs in this sector, the occupation was considered an important service, and most plumbers were able to continue working. Jobs for plumbers are likely to increase as a result of increased infrastructure spending to promote the economy.

Plumbers in Manitoba earn a median yearly salary of $60,900 based on a regular workweek.

  • Material Handlers (NOC 7452)

By hand or with a multitude of material handling equipment, these personnel handle, move, load, and unload items. They work for companies that provide transportation, warehousing, and moving services. Manufacturing and processing industries, as well as retail and wholesale warehouses, can use them. Consider how many individuals are involved in the delivery of items via Amazon or other online shopping platforms.

During the pandemic, the online shopping boom resulted in a surge in work opportunities for those who transport items.

In Canada, employment for material handlers then doubled during the first wave of Covid-19, climbing 91% in April 2018 compared to the number of persons doing these tasks in 2019.

Despite the fact that the pandemic appears to be under control, Indeed reported that 105 of these roles were still open in Manitoba in mid-November. In Manitoba, the median annual salary for these jobs is $33,930 based on a 37.5-hour work week, with those at the top of the wage spectrum earning $56,550.

10. Delivery and Courier Service Drivers (NOC 7514)

These are the individuals that pick up and deliver goods for dairies, pharmacies, newspaper distributors, take-out restaurants, dry cleaners, mobile caterers, and courier and messenger services.

Most internet buyers are familiar with these individuals as those who deliver items purchased on eBay and Amazon to their houses. This year’s hiring boom for these individuals was fueled by the internet shopping boom and Amazon’s rise in Canada.

In mid-November, there were 208 delivery driver positions in Manitoba, according to Indeed. The position provides a median annual income of $26,325 in Manitoba based on a regular workweek, however, those in the province’s Interlake region can earn up to $56,550 per year.

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