Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

There Are Almost 450 000 Vacant Job Posts In Quebec And Here Are Some Of The Best

If you're currently looking for work, you're in luck!
There Are Almost 450 000 Vacant Job Posts In Quebec And Here Are Some Of The Best

It's a job seeker's market right now. According to the Fédération canadienne de l’entreprise indépendante (Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses, or FCEI), the total vacancy rate for job posts in Quebec is at its highest ever at 4.1%

Quebec is seeing the most severe labour shortage of all of the Canadian provinces, and it's way above the national average of 3.3%. The 4.1% rate translates into approximately 435,000 vacant posts in the Quebec job market.

This is a good thing for applicants: in order to appeal to candidates, salaries are going up.

Quebec's labour shortage is much higher than in other provinces. The second-highest vacancy rate is in British Columbia, which reports a 3.6% vacancy rate, and Ontario, which sits at the national average of 3.3%.

According to the FCEI report, there are many reasons that might explain such a labour shortage. Future prospects, predicted growth and the size of businesses all play a role in the vacancy rate.

READ ALSO: Bill 21: What Qualifies As A "Religious Symbol" Finally Defined By CAQ Minister of Diversity

The vacancy rate may cause problems for businesses, especially those that rely on unskilled labour, because the latter is more in-demand than skilled labour.

However, this isn't a bad thing for workers. The report states that, in businesses with at least one open job post, they predicted a 2.1% increase in salary. In other businesses, salaries were only growing by 1%.

The industries with the most vacant posts are in construction and in personal services (such as hairdressing).

A quick search on Indeed confirms that there are many opportunities for tilers and general labourers. These posts offer salaries of up to $35 an hour.

Not to mention the dozens of job offers for hairdressers.

The vacancy rate has been increasing in the last few years, but it appears to be slowing down. These industries may not see such important job vacancies next year.

Read the full report here. Read the Journal de Montréal's report here.

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.