Advanced Technology Employment Dips Slightly in February; Continues Robust 11 Per Cent Annual Growth
March 21, 2007

Monster Canada

OTTAWA (March 21, 2007) -The Advanced Technology Employment index, powered by CATAAlliance and Monster Canada, dipped 5 points in February, amid significant declines in online recruitment activity in most technological job categories tracked by the Index.

With 24 points above its twelve months baseline average, the Index now stands at 124, and is up 13 points, or 11 percent, on a year over year basis.

After a sharp rebound in January 2007, the Advanced Technology Index lost some ground in February. But the Index is still above the average exhibited throughout the past 12 months and is also performing well on a year-over-year basis. The average for the ATI Index over the two months of in January and February in 2006 was 112 points, whereas this year, it is 12 points higher, and stands at 126 points.

CATA President, John Reid, observed, "The top two categories of jobs that were most searched and most posted remain Information Technology and Engineering. Both these categories were down slightly in February, following a very strong January. Aerospace enjoyed an especially strong surge, rising by 70 per cent. Overall, the direction is good."

Online demand for workers decreased in 13 of the 21 categories; with Engineering; Information Technology; Computer Software; Science; Energy/Utilities and Computer Services registering the largest decreases this month. However, Aerospace/Aviation/Defense; Telecommunications and Healthcare exhibited intensifying online job opportunities.

In February, only 5 of the 10 provinces registered increases, and the recruitment activity remained flat in British Columbia for the second month in a row.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY DATA

  • The Advanced Technology Index bent slightly and lost 5 points in February, following the very important jump that happened in January.

  • The February Index demonstrates mixed results for individual occupations. Only eight of the 21 occupational categories edged up while only 13 slipped lower. In most cases, the diminutions were more important that the raises.
  • The most important losses were registered in the following categories: Engineering; Information Technology; Computer Software; Science; Energy/Utilities; Computer Services; Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical; Healthcare and Internet and E-Commerce.
  • On the other hand, the largest gain was seen in Aerospace/Aviation/Defense occupations: 70% more jobs were posted in the category during the month of February. Online demand for workers also increased in Telecommunications; Environmental Services and Computers Hardware.
  • Only five provinces exhibited a surge in February. In Western Canada, Manitoba experienced a sharp increase (16 points) and Saskatchewan went up by 3 points. Alberta exhibited losses (10 points) and the situation remained stable in British Columbia, for the second month in a row. There was less online demand for workers in Quebec (2 points down) and Ontario (9 points down). In Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland exhibited the most important increase of all provinces with 18 points up, and Nova Scotia exhibited the sharpest decrease, with 22 points down.
  • Over 1,677,953 searches for jobs in Advanced Technologies categories were conducted on Monster.ca in February.
  • The following categories had the most job searches for Advanced Technology positions during the month of February:

      Job Searches
    l.Information Technology
    2.Engineering
    3. Computer Software
    4.Computer Services
    5. Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical
    6. Energy/Utilities

  • The following categories had the most job postings for Advanced Technology positions during the month of February:

      Job Postings
    1.Information Technology
    2.Engineering
    3. Aerospace/Aviation/Defense
    4.Telecommunications
    5. Computer Software
    6. Electronics

  • Adjusted to total working population, the Advanced Technology Employment Index Canada found the following provinces to be the top six in terms of online job availability during the month of February:

    Rank Province
    1.Alberta
    2.Ontario
    3.Quebec
    4.Manitoba
    5.New Brunswick
    6. British Columbia

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