Hiring Demand

Job Postings

Online job postings follow a seasonal pattern from 2016 to 2019 with peak postings taking place in the spring and lows occurring in December.  Since May 2016, the highest number of online job postings were in March 2018 and the least were observed in February 2017.  Each year, the average monthly online job postings grew from 2,758 in 2016 to 3,788 in 2019. 

Online Job Postings, January 2016 to December 2019, Nova Scotia

Job Postings by Occupation

The overall number of new jobs posted online increased 2.7% in 2019 compared to 2018. Eight out of ten occupational groups had positive growth in new online job postings. The occupations unique to manufacturing and utilities had the highest online job postings growth at 20% in 2019 compared to 2018. Business, finance and administration occupations and those in Art, culture, recreation & sport were the only groups that saw a decline in online jobs postings (-8.5% and 5.2%, respectively) in 2019 compared to 2018. Occupations with higher job vacancy rates, high turnover, and/or requirements for scarce qualifications may exhibit high levels of online job postings compared to others. 

New Job Postings by Occupation, 2018 vs 2019, Nova Scotia  % Change from 2018