2.9% jobless rate among Canadian ICT workers in first quarter 2012. Information and Communications Technology Council’s (ICTC) Labour Force Quarterly Monitor
14.3% of young people aged 15 to 24 are unemployed and 46.9% are only working part-time according to Statistics Canada (July, 2012) while tech employers are finding it hard to find the tech-related skills they need.
45% of tech professionals don't work in the tech sector. They work in every other industry - including entertainment, construction, manufacturing, banking and government.
1 million – the shortage of skilled workers forecasted by 2020 while an estimated 40% of all new jobs created in the skilled trades and technology industries. Conference Board of Canada Impending shortage of skilled trade and technology workers and the growing career opportunities available to youth
43% of Canadian firms plan to increase IT department staff in 2012 with 80% committed to hiring full-time positions. Hays Compensation, Benefits Recruitment and Retention Guide Canadian IT Hiring Study Suggest Career Paths Unclear
106,000 ICT workers will need to be hired between 2011 and 2016 by Canadian employers. Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
2,500 – job openings at any given moment at technology companies in Waterloo Region. Communitech
261,000 Canadians are employed as a result of the wireless industry with an average salary level of $60,031. - Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association Wireless Facts & Figures
16,500 people are employed in Canada’s video game industry which is expected to grow 25% in the next two years. Entertainment Software Association of Canada
Canada Tech Education
10% increase in the number of students applying to university engineering programs in 2012. Ontario Universities Application Centre. Preliminary Undergraduate Application Statistics
4 out of 10 senior year university students have done a practicum, internship, field experience, co-op or clinical assignment. Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada - How universities are producing the workforce Canada needs
Women in Tech
25% of the ICT work force are women and there has been virtually no change in the share of women in ICT employment over the past decade. Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) Outlook for Human Resources in the ICT Labour Market, 2011–2016 (page 16 - Women in ICT)
25.1% of Canadian undergraduate students in mathematics, computer in information sciences are women - Enrolment Statistics in Canada Women in Engineering and Science
12% of the video game development workforce in the UK are women - a percentage reflected by similar surveys in Canada and the U.S. – Tiga Game Changers: The Women Who Make Video Games