Canada: Haves and Have Nots

December 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm Leave a comment

OK, so this is something I would rarely write about, as it mainly sits in the business pages (says something about my interests). However it caught my attention as it was reported about in the news media and has ramifications for career education, not to mention the longevity of one’s own occupation.

The CIBC World Markets Research department, December 3 issue of In Focus is titled The Haves and Have Nots of Canada’s Labour Market. Benjamin Tal, the author, discusses how we have a surplus of labour in certain occupations (like teaching) and  shortages in other areas (like healthcare, mining, engineering and science). I could not find librarians listed anywhere, but my guess is that we’d be in the surplus list. 

The impact of this means where there are surpluses job hunting becomes far more competitive; where there are shortages, employers are finding it difficult to find qualified staff and will need to spend more resources on training staff in-house (not to mention various immigration ramifications).  Also there may be an overall impact on society because there are more unemployed people (surplus on the one hand and not qualified on the other).

This is a very simplistic brief report of the article, so you should check it out yourself. 

Rowan

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