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.
This update also takes into consideration the local context and provincial actions/policy changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the July update we noted that Niagara entered Stage 3 re-opening late in the month. This was met with a slight increase in job demand, and job demand has remained relatively stable throughout August.
This update outlines available online job posts for the four weeks following the July Employment Prospect Series blog which covered June 28 and August 1, 2020. Specifically, these data show jobs posted between August 2 and 29, 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. Nevertheless, these data continue previous trends that indicated increases to available jobs as COVID-19 related-restrictions are lifted.
Figure 1: Job Posts, Niagara, August 2020
Table 1 outlines the top occupation categories that were posted and their level of required education.
Table 1: Top 5 In-Demand Jobs by Required Level of Education, August 2020
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
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 NWPB’s CEO, Vivian Kinnaird.
We are collecting data to better understand who is looking for work and what kind of opportunities jobseekers are searching for. This data is completely anonymous and non-personally identifiable.