Advanced Technology Employment Bounces Back in March
April 25, 2007

Ottawa, April 25, 2007 -- The Advanced Technology Employment Index surged by 8 points in March, as Canadian online recruitment activity for technology positions bounced back from the downturn observed in February.

With 32 points above its twelve months baseline average, the Index now stands at 132, and is up 15 points, or 13 percent, on a year over year basis.

In March, the Advanced Technology Index was able to regain all the ground that it had lost in February, and even to go back to its all-time high record of 132. The Index hasn't reached such heights since the month of November 2006. Overall, the first quarter of 2007 saw a strong online demand for workers in advanced technology, with an average of 11% more job postings for each month of Q1 2007 compared to the same period in 2006.

"This is a confirmation that the advanced technology sector has started to flourish again," said John Reid, President of the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance), the nation's largest high-tech association. "We see a stronger online demand for workers in most provinces and across most job categories tracked by the index"

Online demand for workers increased in 17 of the 21 categories; with Engineering; Energy/Utilities; Information Technology and Computer Software registering the largest increases this month. On the other hand, less job opportunities were created for workers in Aerospace/Aviation/Defense; Healthcare (Laboratory); Telecommunications and Computer Hardware.

In March, 7 of the 10 Canadian provinces registered increases in their recruiting activity. Manitoba held steady and Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland exhibited slight declines.

Overall results of the Advanced Technology Index for the last 13 months are as follow:

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY DATA

  • The Advanced Technology Index gained 8 points in March, and is back to its all-time high level of 132, first reached in November 2006.

  • The March Index demonstrates dramatic raises in major high technology job categories. Online job availability went up for a total of 17 categories out of 21.

  • The largest gains were seen in Engineering; Energy/Utilities; Information Technology; Computer Software; Healthcare (LPN); Consulting Services; Sciences, Health (Medical and Dental); Computer Services and Internet/E-commerce. Online demand for workers also increased in Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical and Research and Development.

  • The most important losses were registered in the Aerospace, Aviation and Defense category. After registering an important jump in February, online job availability in that category went down by 45% in March. Decreases, though less significant, could also be observed in the following categories: Healthcare (laboratory), Telecommunications and Computer Hardware.

  • Seven provinces out of 10 exhibited a surge in March. The Index edged up particularly in Nova Scotia (up 27 points), Ontario (up 12 points), Alberta (up 12 points), British Columbia (up 7 points after two months of stability) and Saskatchewan (up 6 points). Quebec and New Brunswick also saw their online demand for workers go up slightly. Manitoba Index remained flat but still stands at a very high level. Finally, two Atlantic provinces, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island, exhibited decreases.

  • Over 1,746,989 searches for jobs in Advanced Technologies categories were conducted on Monster.ca in March.

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

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

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

      Job Postings
    1.Information Technology
    2.Engineering
    3. Computer Software
    4.Telecommunications
    5. Consulting Services
    6. Energy/Utilities

  • 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 March:

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

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About CATAAlliance
Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance) (www.cata.ca) is Canada's leading, most influential and entrepreneurial technology alliance. It is committed to growing the global competitiveness of its members, 80% of which are currently active exporters. The common purpose that unites the membership is CATAAlliance's commitment to members' business growth. With offices across the country, we are focused on the provision of business services and government relations programs that conserve and leverage member resources. Because members are action-oriented businesses, CATAAlliance responds with action when members need specific services or activities. The "Traditional Champion" of Canadian research and development, CATAAlliance's mission is to stimulate "Global Business Growth" through the forces of Canadian innovation and strategic partnership.Visit www.cata.caand read our Executive Briefing