Unemployment in the digital economy is only 2.9%, while total unemployment among youth under the age of 24 is 14.5%, and 46.8% of teens and young adults are only working part-time (Statistics Canada, April 2013). 106,000 information and communications technology (ICT) jobs are expected to go unfilled over the next four years, according to a 2011-2012 report by the Information and Technology Association of Canada (ITAC).
Canadian businesses are becoming increasingly concerned about shortages of skilled information technology (IT) labor. 55% of CIOs surveyed by Robert Half Technology said that it’s difficult to find skilled tech professionals today. Their report for the second quarter of 2013 also states that 74% of Canadian chief information officers (CIOs) are planning to hire new staff for IT roles that open up in the next three months and 7% are planning to add more people to their existing staff.
The demand for tech professionals is not only high in Ontario, but also Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec, according to Bagg Technology Resources recruiting firm, as quoted in the Globe and Mail. With all this in mind, your future in tech looks promising, doesn’t it?