Monster Canada and CATAAlliance provide strategic labour market information
September 04, 2007

Monster Canada

OTTAWA (September 04, 2007) -The Advanced Technology Employment Index (ATEI), powered by CATAAlliance and Monster Canada, gained 4 points during the second quarter of 2007. The quarterly ATEI therefore reached a new high. -- indicating therefore a sustained growth in online recruitment activity and related job opportunities across major Advanced Technology Areas.

The Advanced Technology Employment Index provides a quarterly measure of on-line job demand and is designed to highlight key labour market trends in Canada. Based on data culled from Monster.ca and other Canadian recruitment Web sites believed to be representative of employer on-line hiring activity nationwide, the Index enables extensive real-time analysis of on-line recruitment trends by occupation, region and major metropolitan areas.

CATAAlliance President John Reid, observed, "The Index now stands at 132, and is up 16 points, or 13 percent, on a year over year basis. The Index is also up 37 points (or 39 percent) compared to the second quarter of 2005."

He added, "The ATEI stands at its highest level since its inception, and continues its rise that started at the end of 2006 and that continued all through the year of 2007. This indicates sustained important recruitment activity in the Technology sector across the country and in many different categories. It is evident that the labour market in Canada is healthy and that continued business expansion can be expected in the next months."

Overall results of the Advanced Technology Index for the last 9 quarters are as follow:

As presented in the Advanced Technology Data below, there were mixed results in online demand for workers in the different categories of the technology sector. On one hand, ten categories out of the 21 exhibited increases, with Energy/Utilities; Information Technology and Computer Services leading the way. On the other hand, less job opportunities were created in ten categories, especially Engineering; Internet/E-Commerce and Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical. The Healthcare - Records, IT and Informatics category remained stable in Q2 2007.

In Q2 2007, 6 of the 10 Canadian provinces registered increases in their recruiting activity, with Nova Scotia and Manitoba leading the way. Three Atlantic provinces, namely Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, exhibited decreases and the Index remained flat in Quebec.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY DATA

Technology online job availability as measured by the Advanced Technology Index gained 4 points from 128 in Q1 2007 to 132 in Q2 2007.

  • The Advanced Technology Employment Index for the second quarter of 2007 demonstrates mixed results for the different occupations. Online job availability went up for a total of 10 categories out of 21. Ten national occupations categories also registered losses, while one remained stable.

  • The largest gains were seen in Energy/Utilities: this category registered a 30 percent increase quarter to quarter. There was also intense recruitment activity for positions in two other major technological categories, namely Information Technology and Computer Services. Job positions were also posted in Science; Healthcare - Medical & Dental; Consulting Services; Environmental Services; Telecommunications and Research & Development.

  • The most important losses were registered in a major category: Engineering. Important decreases were also registered in Internet/E-Commerce; Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals; Healthcare - Radiology/Imaging; Computer Software and Electronics. Decreases, though less significant, could also be observed in the following categories: Computers Hardware; Aerospace/Aviation/Defense and Healthcare - Optical.

  • Six provinces out of 10 exhibited increases in the second quarter of 2007. The Index edged up particularly in Nova Scotia and in the West: Manitoba gained 11 points while Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan gained 4 points each. Central Canada experienced mixed results with a 4-point growth Ontario and a stable situation in Quebec. Restrained losses were registered in Newfoundland (down 3 points); New Brunswick (down 2 points) and Prince Edward Island (down 1 point).

  • Over 6,287,872 searches for jobs in Advanced Technologies categories were conducted on Monster.ca during the second quarter of 2007.

  • The following categories had the most job searches for Advanced Technology positions during the second quarter of 2007:

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

  • The following categories had the most job postings for Advanced Technology positions in Q2 2007:

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

  • 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 second quarter of 2007:

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

    • Reid concluded, "Knowing the demand side of the different types of IT positions in each province enables hiring managers to proactively adjust their recruitment strategies so that they can lure top talent away from competing employers. We continue to forecast future talent shortages in a highly competitive global talent marketplace."

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      About Monster
      Monster Canada (www.Monster.ca) is Canada's leading career management portal - a bilingual, user-friendly online resource that is revolutionizing job seeking and recruitment. Headquartered in Montreal, Monster Canada is part of Monster, the leading global online careers and recruitment resource. Monster was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. Monster has 34 local language and content sites in 32 countries worldwide. Monster is known for connecting quality job seekers at all levels with leading employers across all industries and offers employers innovative technology and superior services that give them more control over the recruiting process. To learn more about Monster's industry-leading employer products and services, please visit http://recruiter.monster.ca.

      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