Job Posting Analysis: Data in real time
At ECO Canada, we are always looking for ways to deepen our understanding of the environmental job market and to improve the value of our reporting. Our Job Posting Analysis (JPA) reports present a snapshot of online recruitment activity levels and trends for Canadian environmental roles. ECO Canada has developed an interactive platform to showcase the types and quantities of environmental job openings being advertised, scraped and reported online every day. Job posting data are updated every 4 months to provide yearly and quarterly insights by region, occupation and environmental specialization.
Strong Environmental Hiring Activity Across Canada in Q3 2020
From July to September (Q3) of this year, over 850,000 unique job ads were advertised online in Canada. Of this, close to 35,000 were for environmental roles – representing a 4.0% EnviroShare (proportion of environmental job ads to all job ads) for job vacancies in the environmental sector. Provincial lockdown protocols were eased as the total number of active COVID-19 cases decreased across the country and many businesses were able to begin operating under new provisions.
The number of Canadian environmental job ads increased by almost 10,000 compared to the previous quarter. This comes as positive news while employers and workers try to recover from the residual effects of the economic shutdown. Ontario employers posted the largest number of online environmental job ads, followed by Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta. However, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut all had an EnviroShare larger than the national average of 4.0%, at 23.5%, 23.7%, and 25.0%, respectively.
Civil engineers continue to be the top occupational group advertising for environmental workers in Canada, with 2,601 vacant positions in Q3, despite a decrease of 489 environmental job ads from the same quarter in 2019. Consistent with our labour demand findings, Natural and applied sciences and related occupations, Management occupations and Business, finance and administration occupations make up the top three occupational categories, comprising 21,963 of all environmental job ads in Q3.
Environmental workers are needed in every region and across most occupations. Environmental job ads have further identified that the key specializations needed from July to September were sustainability, energy and natural resource management.
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