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Top Ten Job Shortages Now and Future

Published: Friday, April 27, 2007

We’ve all experienced staff shortages in stores and restaurants or the lack of skilled trades in construction and renovation but some of Alberta’s most wanted jobs are behind the scenes.

With the record pace of construction ever wonder who runs those office towers, condo’s and warehouses when their built.
A survey by Alberta Employment found the job with the highest labour shortage is facility operation and maintenance manager.

This year it’s projected we’ll be short nearly 2 thousand facility managers.

At number 2 on the top ten job shortage list, is art, recreation and sport managers.

At number three we need about a thousand engineers to fill demand.

Then it’s biologists, foresters and agricultural professionals.

At number 5, were short over 800 doctors, dentists and veterinarians.

The rest of the list includes dry cleaning and laundry operators, especially for hotels and hospitals.

Were short around 600 construction and transportation managers.

There aren’t enough tour guides and casino workers and we need more clerical and office staff and library museum and art gallery technicians.

Dennis Locking is the head of Human Resources for Volker Stevin and he says 5 of those positions are on his recruiting list.

He says he’s had to change his recruiting style to fill vacancies.

“We used to just want people from our competitors to come work for us, now we want them to come from other industries and that has changed our focus.”

And salary isn’t the only incentive anymore.

Recruiting consultant Derek Chapman says benefits, the type of work and company image are important too.

“In research that I’ve conducted only 15 per cent of people’s decision about whether to take a job or not is based on things like pay and location.”

He says it’s one thing to find the employees, it’s another to keep them.

If employers think their having trouble filling jobs today, wait ten years.

Alberta Employment studied our labour demands over the next ten years and projects a need for 400 thousand workers but only 291 thousand new people will join the workforce.

“If you do the math we’re looking at a short fall of a hundred and nine thousand workers altogether”, says Sharon Blackwell.

She says with so many baby boomers retiring and a lower birth rate, no one is replacing them.

The highest job shortages by 2016 are projected to be office clerks, word processors, records and file clerks and receptionists.

We’ll need over 7 thousand in 10 years.

We’ll also be short nearly 5 thousand doctors, dentists and veterinarians.

It’s about the same for retail sales people and sales clerks, followed by gas station attendants, grocery clerks and telemarketers.

After that it’s facility and maintenance managers.

In ten years we’ll be short over 3 thousand finance and insurance clerks, bank tellers and collectors.

We’ll be short about the same number of engineers and cashiers.

Skilled metal workers will be in demand, like welders, boiler makers and iron workers and we’ll need nearly 3 thousand health support workers, including dental assistants, nurse aides and orderlies.

For employers who have to fill those positions it means starting to prepare today.

But U of C recruiting expert Derek Chapman says many organizations are still far behind.

“In the long term they need to plan ahead and make sure their recruiting infrastructure is well trained and able to cope with whatever demands come up in the future.”

Chapman runs workshops to help companies improve their recruiting plans.

Ken Vinge with Bowen Workforce Solutions says old ideas have to change.

He says companies have to re-think mandatory retirement and keep people longer.

But he says in ten years its predicted Canada’s growth will come from immigration and companies have to be ready.

“If our economy is going to grow, it is dependent upon how Canadian companies integrate those new Canadians into the workforce. single most important thing.”

He also says employers have to be more flexible about when and where people can do their work including new labour sources like stay at home moms, students and special needs.

To read more about the Alberta Employment Occupational Demand and Supply Outlook go to or call 1-866-644-5135

To reach Bowen Workforce Solutions go to or call 262-1156

U of C Associate Professor Derek Chapman is also the director of a consulting company and has recruiting workshops scheduled in May. Log onto


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