ManpowerGroup's annual survey highlights trends of the Talent Shortage in Canada

Whether you're an employer, hiring manager, satisfied in your current position, or ready for your next opportunity, the talent shortage affects everyone in the Canadian workforce.

Results of ManpowerGroup's 11th annual Talent Shortage Survey look at the extent to which employers are having difficulty finding the right talent, which jobs are the most difficult to fill, and where job seekers will find the most opportunity.

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Top 10 Hardest Jobs to Fill

ManpowerGroup's Talent Shortage Survey identified the 2016 top 10 most difficult jobs for employers to fill in Canada.

See how the top 10 jobs compare over the last 10 years.


  • 2016

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2016

    1. Skilled Trade Workers
    2. Engineers
    3. Sales Representatives
    4. Management/Executives
    5. Drivers
    6. IT Staff
    7. Technician
    8. Accounting & Finance Staff
    9. Office Support Staff
    10. Labourers

  • 2015

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2015

    1. Skilled Trade Workers
    2. Drivers
    3. Management/Executives
    4. Technicians
    5. Sales Representatives
    6. Engineers
    7. Administrative Assistants
    8. Labourers
    9. Accounting & Finance Staff
    10. Teachers

  • 2014

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2014

    1. Skilled Trade Workers
    2. Management/Executives
    3. Sales Representatives
    4. Engineers
    5. Technicians
    6. Drivers
    7. Accounting & Finance Staff
    8. Customer Service & Support
    9. IT Staff
    10. Administrative Assistants

  • 2013

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2013

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Engineers
    3. Management/Executives
    4. Sales Representatives
    5. Technicians
    6. Drivers
    7. Accounting & Finance Staff
    8. IT Staff
    9. Teachers
    10. Labourers

  • 2012

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2012

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Engineers
    3. Sales Representatives
    4. Drivers
    5. Technicians
    6. Management/Executives
    7. Teachers
    8. Labourers
    9. IT Staff
    10. Mechanics

  • 2011

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2011

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Sales Representatives
    3. Technicians
    4. Engineers
    5. Drivers
    6. Management/Executive
    7. Machinist/Machine Operator
    8. Mechanics
    9. Teachers
    10. Accounting & Finance staff

  • 2010

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2010

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Sales Representatives
    3. Technicians
    4. Drivers
    5. Administrative Assistants
    6. Engineers
    7. Chefs / Cooks
    8. Mechanics
    9. Nurses
    10. Teachers

  • 2009

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2009

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Sales Representatives
    3. Engineers
    4. Technicians
    5. Administrative Assistants
    6. Teachers
    7. Drivers
    8. Accounting & Finance Staff
    9. Labourers
    10. Nurses

  • 2008

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2008

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Sales Representatives
    3. Skilled Manual Trades - Not specified
    4. Engineers
    5. Accounting & Finance Staff
    6. Labourers
    7. Nurses
    8. Teachers
    9. Drivers
    10. Machinist / Machine Operator

  • 2007

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2007

    1. Skilled Trades
    2. Sales Representatives
    3. Customer Service Representatives / Customer Support
    4. Labourers
    5. Drivers
    6. Mechanics
    7. Machinist / Machine Operator
    8. Engineers
    9. Management / Executives
    10. Cleaners & Domestic staff

  • 2006

    Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2006

    1. Sales Representatives
    2. Customer Service Representatives / Customer Support
    3. Engineers
    4. Drivers
    5. Mechanics
    6. Labourers
    7. Chefs / Cooks
    8. Electricians
    9. Skilled Trades
    10. Nurses



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Why are Employers Having Difficulty?

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Are you in demand? Looking for your next opportunity?

As a job seeker, focus your search on the top jobs employers are struggling to fill and are hiring for right now. Don’t only focus on your experience, skills and education, make sure you emphasize your “soft skills” such as flexibility, adaptability and professionalism. These personal qualities are the ones employers report having difficulty finding applicants with most often.

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Hardest Jobs to Fill in 2016

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How do your hiring challenges compare?

As organizations struggle to find talent in the face of the persistent skills shortage, businesses are challenged with finding new and innovative ways to attract and retain in-demand talent, increase operational efficiency, reduce costs and improve their bottom line.

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