Hiring Demand

Job Postings

Online job postings follow a seasonal pattern from 2016 to 2020 with peak postings taking place in the spring and lows occurring in December (except for 2020).  Since January 2016, the highest number of online job postings were in March 2018 and the least were seen in April 2020.  Each year from 2016 to 2019, the average monthly online job postings grew from 2,746 to 3,843, however in 2020 job postings fell to 3,577 due to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Online Job Postings, January 2016 to December 2020, Nova Scotia

Job Postings by Occupation

The overall number of new jobs posted online fell 22% in 2020 compared to 2019. All occupational groups had negative growth in online job postings. The occupations in trades, transport and equipment had the greatest decline in online job postings falling by 30% in 2020 compared to 2019. Occupations in art, culture, recreation, and sport had the least negative growth in online job postings, decreasing by 8.3% in 2020 relative to 2019, however this category tends to have some of the lowest numbers of job postings. Usually occupations with higher job vacancy rates, high turnover, and/or requirements for scarce qualifications may show high levels of online job postings compared to others. 

New Job Postings by Occupation, 2019 vs 2020, Nova Scotia% Change from 2019

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