Trained in Tech, Will Travel
April 25, 2018
Posted by: CPHR Manitoba
by Cassandra Cardy and Kathy Knight
The demand for tech talent in Manitoba is increasing at an exponential rate. How will we build the supply of skilled technology resources to meet the needs of our sector?
According to Information and Communications Technology Council’s (ICTC’s) latest Labour Market Report*, the unemployment rate among information, communication and technology (ICT) professions dropped to just 1.4% in the last quarter. While tech professionals enjoy a competitive advantage with employers, the current availability of people across the spectrum of roles and experience creates a challenge for firms looking to expand their tech team.
As an example, the demand for technical sales specialists has increased by 25% since 2017, not to mention the influx demand for data scientists, senior developers and data analysts (or most types of analysts, for that matter). As technology continues to enable all functions of business operations, so too will it increase the necessity for people with the knowledge, skills and experience to fill both new and existing roles.
Recruitment specialists tasked with finding candidates with these in-demand skills are looking for new ways to source the people they need. Reaching across borders into new markets with an abundance of well-educated, available people is becoming the ‘go-to’ strategy, especially for junior and niche skills sets. Access to programs such as the Global Talent Stream and the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program are offering more options to employers who need tech talent now.
In 2017, employment among immigrants in Manitoba reached 7,700 positions. Navigating these programs and markets can be difficult for recruiters and employers alike that don’t have this expertise in-house. That’s where companies like VanHack can help. VanHack’s main purpose is to help Canadian companies hire suitable global tech workers. They are currently assisting more than 150,000 qualified tech workers find ICT jobs in Canada, and so far, they’ve placed 150 candidates into jobs.
Manitoba is quickly becoming an important tech hub for all of Canada. Winnipeg is one of the three smaller markets seeing the fastest growth, according to CBRE’s 2016 Scoring Canadian Tech Talent Report. This city’s tech employment has grown by 58.5% over the past five years. Right now, employers have to be strategic when it comes to sourcing the right talent. There has to be balance between how many junior versus middle to senior roles a firm can take on. Whether you’re new at international recruitment or a seasoned professional, there’s always more to learn and always more to share.
To find out more about how to hire tech talent, or to share your insight on the matter, register for Serving up Solutions: Hiring Tech Talent, where Ilya Brotzky CEO of VanHack will share how to seamlessly recruit talent from all over the world.
*ICTC Labour Report for Manitoba was funded by ICTAM, the Information and Communications Technology Association of Manitoba.