Employment Prospect Series: October 2020

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This monthly update to the Employment Prospect Series provides an overview of job opportunities in the Niagara region. These jobs are categorized into the level of education that is typically required for these jobs; this definition is based on Statistics Canada’s 2016 National Occupational Classification matrix.[1]

This update outlines available online job posts for the five weeks following the September Employment Prospect Series blog which covered August 30-October 3, 2020. Specifically, the October data show new jobs posted between October 4-31, 2020. As a note, as of June 2020, NWPB changed data sources for job aggregation tools. Thus, these data should not be directly compared to reports prior to June.

Figure 1: Job Posts, Niagara, October 2020

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Source: NWPB job aggregator, Niagara region, October 4-31, 2020. Jobs are coded at a 4-digit NOC classification level. Note that in October the aggregator’s indexer for Indeed faulted which resulted in lower job posting volume throughout the month. This has been corrected moving forward.

Table 1 outlines the top occupation categories that were posted and their level of required education.

Table 1: Top 5 In-Demand Occupations by Level of Education, October 2020

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Source: NWPB job aggregator, Niagara region, October 4-31, 2020. Jobs are coded at a 4-digit NOC classification level. Note that in October the aggregator’s indexer for Indeed faulted which resulted in lower job posting volume throughout the month. This has been corrected moving forward.

Table 2 outlines the number of jobs that existed in Niagara for each of these top occupations and the estimated hourly wage ranges for 2019. Note that because these data are from 2019, they do not reflect any changes or impacts from COVID-19. Hourly wages below minimum wage likely reflect part-time work as our data source uses average annual incomes to produce its hourly estimates.

Table 2: 2019 Job Counts and Hourly Wages, Niagara

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Source: EMSI Analyst, Niagara region, 2020.1 run, employees. Low = 10th percentile, Medium = median, High = 90th percentile.

Table 3 outlines the top 10 skills listed in online job posts by level of education required. Some of the top skills listed across all levels of required education included:

  • Customer service
  • Organization
  • Attention to detail

Table 3: Top 10 Skills listed in Job Posts, October, Niagara

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Source: NWPB job aggregator, Niagara region, October 4-31, 2020. Jobs are coded at a 4-digit NOC classification level. Note that in October the aggregator’s indexer for Indeed faulted which resulted in lower job posting volume throughout the month. This has been corrected moving forward.

All previous monthly reports are available on NWPB’s website. NWPB also produces quarterly reports alongside our monthly reports. The quarterly reports provide provincial-level benchmarks for job counts and trends of job growth and decline. It is our hope that these reports will support Niagara’s residents who are looking to enter the workforce or grow their career. If there is a specific occupation of interest to you, or if you have a question beyond the data represented in this report, please contact:

Vivian Kinnaird, CEO ([email protected]), or visit our website: nwpb.ca


[1] http://cnp.edsc.gc.ca/English/NOC/Matrix2016.aspx?ver=06%u2282%3D0

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