Canadian job vacancies reached 435,000 in first three months of 2019

Canada’s private sector job vacancy rate reached another record in the first three months of 2019 with the highest number of unfilled jobs reported in Quebec, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says in a new update.

The federation reports a total of 435,000 jobs sat vacant for at least four months across Canada during the first quarter of 2019, which amounted to a job vacancy rate of 3.3 per cent.

“The national vacancy rate has been steadily climbing for the past two years and it reached another record high last quarter,” said Ted Mallet, vice-president and chief economist of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

The CFIB says labour shortages affected skilled positions more than semi- or unskilled occupations.

The shortages were also putting “strong pressure” on wage levels, with employers who had at least one vacant position saying they expected to raise wages.

The CFIB says the job vacancy rate is slowing relative to this same time in 2018 but labour shortages remain a challenge for employers, especially in Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario.

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