Hiring Demand

This page provides an annual summary on total job postings. You can download the monthly update here: Online Job Posting Insights.

Job Postings

  • Online job postings followed a seasonal pattern from 2018 to 2020 with peak postings taking place in the spring and lows occurring in December (except for 2020).
  • Since January 2018, the highest number of online job postings were in April 2018 and the least was seen in April 2020.
  • In 2018, the average monthly online job postings were 6,768 and fell to 6,108 in 2019.
  • In 2020, average monthly job postings declined to 4,320 due to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In 2021, average monthly online job postings rebounded to 6,688. Online job postings have been trended upward through all of 2021, and into January of 2022. 

Titled “Online Job Postings, January 2018 to January 2022, Nova Scotia”. Indicating hiring demand trend. Vertical Axis indicates total job postings. Horizontal axis shows months in two-month intervals starting with Jan-18 until Jan-22. Dark blue solid line = Monthly postings. Light blue dotted line = 3 month moving average.


Job Postings by Occupation

  • The overall number of new jobs posted online increased by 54.8% in 2021 compared to 2020, as the Nova Scotian economy recovered.
  • Online job postings increased in all occupational categories.
  • Business, finance, and administration occupations had the highest increase, at 72.4%.
  • Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services posted the lowest increase, at 33.5%.
  • 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. 

Titled “New Job Postings by Occupation, 2021 vs 2020, Nova Scotia % change from 2020”. Horizontal bar chart. Vertical axis labeled “manufacturing and utilities”, “farming, fishing, forestry and mining”, “trades and transportation”, “sales and service”, “art, culture, recreation and sport”, “education, law, and social, community and government services”, “health”, “engineering, math, science and IT”, “business, finance and administration”, and “management”. Vertical axis indicates percentage change.

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