Advanced Technology Employment Continues to Reflect Seasonal Slow-Down
September 29, 2006

Monster Canada

OTTAWA (September 29, 2006) -The Advanced Technology Employment index, powered by CATAAlliance and Monster Canada, dipped seven points in August after dropping 4 points in July. Opportunities increased for workers in Telecommunications, Energy/Utilities and Electronics.

For a second consecutive month, the Index reflects a decline in online recruitment activity for technology positions. This is contrary to general trends for other sectors where August reflected a sharp rebound in Canadian online recruitment activity after a summer slowdown. With 9 points above its twelve months baseline average, the Index now stands at 109 and is up only 14 points, or 15 percent, on a year over year basis.

The overall Index went down in August in large part due to fewer job opportunities created in Engineering; Computer Services; Healthcare; Computer Software and Science. The positive drivers of the Index were Telecommunications; Energy/Utilities and Electronics. Empowered by the strength of the Canadian economy across those key areas, employers continue to advertise online for talent workers to support their expansion.

Except for a small improvement in the Atlantic Provinces, the Advanced Technology Employment Index declined in every province and territory, the sharpest of which in the Prairies and in Ontario.

  • Seventeen of the 21 occupational categories slipped lower in August while only four categories edged up.

  • Online job availability for Engineering; Computer Services; Healthcare; Computer Software and Science occupations dipped, reflecting weak local recruitment demand in these sectors. It also dipped for Computers Hardware; Consulting Services and Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals occupations.

  • Intensifying online job demand for workers especially in Telecommunications, and also in Energy/Utilities and Electronics categories supported the ongoing expansion in high tech sectors as well as in the energy sector.

  • Online job demand in Computers Software and Computers Services lost ground this month, after a sharp increase the previous month.

  • Over 2,306,092 searches for jobs in Advanced Technologies categories were conducted on Monster.ca in August.

The Advanced Technology Employment Index provides a monthly 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.

About Monster
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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.ca