Job Vacancy & Wage Survey

Job Vacancy & Wage Survey, 2nd Quarter in 2023: Nova Scotia Highlights

The number of job vacancies in Nova Scotia increased by 9.7% to 20,580 in Q2 of 2023. The job vacancy rate fell 0.7 percentage points compared to one year ago to 4.7% (there were 23,360 job vacancies in Q2 of 2022).

20,580 job vacancies in 2023 Q2

Pie charts detailing job postings by region and by education level required.

  • Job vacancies in Q2 of 2023 in Nova Scotia increased by 1,815 (9.7%) compared to Q1 of 2023.

Pie chart showing job postings by permanent, temporary, and seasonal.

The job vacancy rate, the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand (the sum of occupied and vacant jobs), increased by 0.3 percentage points in Q2 of 2023 (compared with Q1) to 4.7%.

This image is a table with 6 columns. Column headings are Job Vacancy & Wage Rate, Q1 2022, Q4 2022, Q1 2023, Q/Q % Change, Y/Y % Change.


A chart titled “Average offered hourly wage by Economic region – Q1 2023. The chart consists of vertical blue bars showing wage by region. Cape Breton = $22.30. North Shore = $20.50. Annapolis Valley = $20.45. Southern = $23.35. Halifax = $23.60.

  • The average offered hourly wage is $22.30, up $1.80 (+8.8%) year-over-year (compared to 2nd quarter of 2022).

    • During Q2 of 2023, two economic regions posted offered wage gains for vacant positions compared to the previous quarter (Halifax, +1.5%; and Annapolis Valley, +0.2%). In the remaining regions, the offered wage fell (Cape Breton, -8.5%; Southern, -8.1%; and North Shore, -2.9%).

A chart titled “Average offered hourly wage by Educational Requirements – Q1 2023. The chart consists of horizontal blue bars indicating level of education. Starting at the top, Masters or above = $43.40. Bachelor’s degree = $36.40. University diploma below bachelor’s = $30.90. Non-university certificate = $25.05. High school diploma = $19.10. No level required = $17.25.

  • The average offered hourly wage increases, on average, with the educational requirements of the offered position.



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


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