The high demand for tech talent in Canada is rolling into 2020 as experts start to predict the sector’s outlook for the new year.
Shortages in the technology sector labour market have prompted immigration programs in British Columbia and Ontario to step up recruiting efforts. In 2019 the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) extended its tech pilot to June 2020, and the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) started holding draws specifically for immigration candidates with tech experience.
“There are not enough [skilled workers] to fill those positions… There’s really a shortage of labour,” Patrick Poulin, president of the staffing division of Randstad Canada, told CIC News. “It’s definitely a key asset to have immigrants coming in to fill those positions. It’s super important.”
Randstad Canada, a human resources consulting firm, released its predictions for 2020 on the top in-demand tech jobs in Canada, as well as in-demand skills, and salaries.
The technology sector offers some of the most competitive salaries in Canada. For 2020, the average annual salary is an estimated $81,750.
Low-earners in this field can expect to earn an average salary of $55,000, and the highest earners may bring home $140,000 or more.
Tech talent continues to be highly sought after in major urban centres like Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver.
“If you have tech skills (in particular the ability to code in popular languages such as Java, python or various C-based languages) you’ll have your pick of employers in many of Canada’s largest cities!” the Randstad webpage said.