Job Vacancy & Wage Survey

Job Vacancy & Wage Survey, 1st Quarter in 2022: Nova Scotia Highlights

The number of job vacancies in Nova Scotia fell by 9.6% to 18,375 in the first quarter of 2022. Typically there is more slack in the labour market in the winter months (job vacancy data is unadjusted for seasonality). The vacancy rate is higher than one year ago (there were 12,780 vacancies in Q1 of 2021).

 

Includes an arrow topper box that has the text 18,375 vacancies in 2022 Q1. The arrow points to three blue pie charts below it. The first pie chart breaks down regions: Halifax = 10200, 55%. Cape Breton = 2040, 11%. North Shore = 2520, 14%. Annapolis Valley = 1960, 11%. Southern = 1655, 9%. The second pie chart covers education level: University certificate degree = 2835, 15%. Non-university certificate or diploma = 4715, 26%. No minimum level of education = 5635, 31%. High school diploma = 5195, 28%. The third pie chart covers job status: permanent = 17235, 85%. Temporary = 1385, 7%. Seasonal = 1710, 8%.

 

  • Job vacancies in 2022 Q1 in Nova Scotia decreased by 1,955 (‐9.6%) compared to last quarter.

  • The average offered hourly wage is $20.90, up $1.30 compared to last quarter.

    • During the last quarter all economic regions posted wage gains for vacant positions, led by the Cape Breton region (+9.9%), followed by the North Shore region (+7.3%), the Southern region (+6.5%), the Annapolis Valley region (+6.2%), and the Halifax region (+4.8%).

 

This image consists of two charts addressing wages. The chart on the left consists of vertical blue bars showing wage by region. Cape Breton = $20.60. North Shore = $19.05. Annapolis Valley = $18.90. Southern = $19.80. Halifax = $21.95. The chart on the right consists of horizontal blue bars indicating level of education. Starting at the top, Masters or above = $39.75. Bachelor’s degree = $34.50. University diploma below bachelor’s = $30.15. Non-university certificate = $22.30. High school diploma = $17.55. No level required = $16.05.

 

  • The job vacancy rate, the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand (the sum of occupied and vacant jobs), fell by 0.4 percentage points in 2022 Q1 to 4.4%.

 

This image is a table titled Nova Scotia Job Vacancy & Wage Rate Update, 2022 Q4. Column headings are Job Vacancy & Wage Rate, Q1 2021, Q4 2021, Q1 2022, Q/Q % Change, Y/Y % Change. Job Vacancies = Q12021 12,780, Q42021 20,330, Q42022= 18375, Q/Q % Change -9.6%. Y/Y % Change = +43.8%. Payroll employees = Q12021 380,880, Q42021 403,930, Q12022 = 395770, Q/Q % Change -2.0%. Y/Y % Change = +3.9%. Job Vacancy Rate = Q12021 3.2%, Q42022 4.8%, Q12022 = 4.4%, Q/Q  Change -0.4, Y/Y % Change = +1.2. Average offered hourly wage = Q12021 $20.70, Q42022 $19.60, Q12022 $20.90 Q/Q % Change +6.6%, Y/Y % Change = +1.0.

 

Source: Source: Statistics Canada, Job Vacancy & Wage Survey, Table 14-10-0325-01, Unadjusted for Seasonality. 

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