Over the last 15 years, Canada has seen a huge rise in demand for workers in the Information Technology field and continues to struggle to find the supply for it. And since many US-based companies are setting up offices in Canada because of H-1B uncertainty, the Trump administration and lower costs, demand will likely continue to grow.
According to IT World Canada, Canada will face a major tech talent shortage in the next 5 years and by next year alone, 182,000 people will be needed to fill new and vacant tech positions across the country. With a shortage of home-grown talent, tech companies of all sizes will have to look elsewhere to fill the gaps – primarily through foreign workers and immigration.
Due to the tech talent shortage, hiring managers and recruiters are already facing an overly competitive market, especially when competing with larger companies like Amazon, Google, Shopify and Facebook.
While smaller companies may not be able to offer the same name recognition and long list of perks — free lunches and in-office massage therapy, for instance — they’re finding success by selling candidates on the benefits of working for smaller companies. These smaller, high-growth companies work on new projects with big impacts where a single employee can really stand out and work their way up the corporate ladder.
With more tech job roles to fill than ever before, Canada is a hot spot for tech workers from all over the world. And if you’re interested in determining your chances at immigrating to Canada, make sure to sign up to the Visto portal for free here.
This post was initially prepared by a group of graduate students / recent graduates that are exploring issues related to the Canadian immigration programs for skilled workers. Their project is powered by Visto!