Advanced Technology Employment Reaches All Time High -- Index up 20 percent on a year to year basis in Robust Labour Market
October 19, 2007

OTTAWA (October 22, 2007) -The Advanced Technology Employment Index (ATEI), powered by CATAAlliance and Monster Canada, gained 6 points during the third quarter of 2007. The quarterly ATEI therefore reached a new high for the forth consecutive quarter. -- 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 138, and is up 23 points, or 20 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 recruitment activity in the Technology sector across the country and in many different categories.”

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

Q3 07

Q2 07

Q1 07

Q4 06

Q3 06

Q2 06

Q1 06

Q4 05

Q3 05

138

132

128

124

115

116

114

98

94

AVANCED TECHNOLOGY DATA

Technology online job availability as measured by the Advanced Technology Index gained 6 points from 132 in Q2 2007 to 138 in Q3 2007.

· The Advanced Technology Employment Index for the third quarter of 2007 demonstrates mixed results for the different occupations. Online job availability went up for a total of eight categories out of 21. Thirteen national occupations categories registered losses, but since the gains occurred in major categories, the overall Index went up by 6 points.

· The largest gains were seen in Computer Services: this category registered a 67 percent increase quarter to quarter. There was also intense recruitment activity for positions in two other major technological categories, namely Engineering and Computer Software. Job positions were also posted in Energy/Utilities; Computer Hardware; Environmental Services; Electronics and Healthcare – Records, IT & Informatics.

· The most important losses were registered in a major category: Information Technology. This category registered a 15 percent decrease quarter to quarter. Important decreases were also registered in Healthcare – Medical & Dental; Healthcare – LPN; Telecommunications; Consulting Services; Internet/E-Commerce and Science. Decreases, though less significant, could also be observed in the following categories: Aerospace/ Aviation/Defense; Research & Development; Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals; Healthcare – Laboratory/Pathology; Healthcare – Radiology/Imagining and Healthcare – Optical.

· Six provinces out of 10 exhibited increases in the third quarter of 2007. The Index edged up particularly in Ontario (up 21 points) and in the West: Manitoba gained 41 points while Alberta and Saskatchewan gained 8 points each. Employment went up by 19 points in Newfoundland and by 10 points in New Brunswick. Important losses were registered in Nova Scotia (down 20 points), and more restrained losses were registered in Quebec (down 7 points) and in British Columbia (down 5 points). The Index remained flat in Prince Edward Island.

· Over 6,435,000 searches for jobs in Advanced Technologies categories were conducted on Monster.ca during the third quarter of 2007.

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

Job Searches

1

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 Q3 2007:

Job Postings

1

Information Technology

2

Engineering

3

Computer Software

4

Telecommunications

5

Energy / Utilities

6

Consulting 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 third quarter of 2007:

Rank

Province

1

Alberta

2

Ontario

3

Nova Scotia

4

Manitoba

5

New Brunswick

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 better attract top talent. We anticipate talent shortages in a highly competitive global talent marketplace."

To help CATA members optimize their recruitment strategies and reduce their time and cost to hire, consultants from Monster Canada speak at select CATA-hosted events and provide guidance on human resource research into best practices. There they share more than 12 years of industry best practices that Monster Canada has accumulated since inventing on-line recruiting.

CATA members receive a special discount when purchasing select job posting packages with Monster, and secure visibility in front of Canada's largest pool of job seekers.

CATAAlliance has also teamed with IT World Canada and CareerDoor Inc. to provide the new 2007 IT Salary Survey and Hiring Manager's Guide to Canada's high-tech companies. The second annual Salary Survey is the only all-Canadian compensation survey exclusive to the IT profession completed by IT professionals and their hiring managers.

Additionally, CATAAlliance and Industrial Alliance, offer a highly competitive and customized Group Benefits Insurance Plan to aid with employee attraction and retention. Industrial Alliance has over 1.5 million clients and is one of the 100 largest public companies in Canada.

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