Strong Increases in Employment Earnings Recorded in August 2010

According to a newly released report from Statistics Canada, the average weekly employment earnings rose 4.4% to $860.67 from August 2009 to August 2010. This is seen as a sign of strength in the economy, because the last time this growth exceeded 4% was in February 2008.
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Salary Increases will Remain Slow Next Year – Especially in Ontario

A new survey of the Conference Board of Canada projects that due to the unsteady economic recovery, organizations are planning moderate base pay increases in 2011. Non-union employees are expected to see average increases of 2.8% in base pay. Increases in the private sector will be larger than those in public sector – but will vary significantly between different industries and between provinces. Ontario will see the lowest rate of increases in Canada.
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July’s Canadian Job Losses Unlikely to Spell Out a Long-Term Trend

On the face of it, the July unemployment numbers released by Statistics Canada on August 6, 2010 look quite disappointing: Unemployment increased across Canada, growing from 7.9% to 8%. The only bright spot really seemed to be Western Canada (whose economy is strongly dependant on the resource industries and on the commodity market trends). Unemployment in BC dipped 0.3 percentage points from 7.8% to 7.5%. However, hiring demand that that VicinityJobs.com gathers suggests that the worsening is unlikely to persist – at least in the Greater Toronto Area. Continue reading July’s Canadian Job Losses Unlikely to Spell Out a Long-Term Trend

Ontario Leads Canada’s Job Creation in June as Employment in British Columbia Remains Unchanged

Statistics Canada released its monthly labour market survey report    this morning (July 10th) for the month of June, and overall, it is fairly good news (the original report is found here: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/100709/dq100709a-eng.htm). Canada’s economy created 93,000 jobs – significantly more than generally expected. The trend was lead by Ontario, whereas employment in British Columbia remained unchanged.

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Unemployment Likely to Start Decreasing As Hiring Demand Is Improving

When Statistics Canada released its labour force survey on Nov. 6th, reactions in the media seemed to reflect a mix of surprise and frustration. Unemployment had edged up in October, and many saw this as a sign that we may be in for a jobless recovery – characterized by GDP growth combined with chronic high unemployment levels. Although this does remain a possibility, we believe that such fears are premature. Continue reading Unemployment Likely to Start Decreasing As Hiring Demand Is Improving

Retiring? Just Graduated? The Municipality of York Region Is Asking for Your Input

Do you want to help understand the Employment Market trends in York Region?

York Region’s Planning and Development Services Department is conducting two major employment surveys on long term career opportunities in York Region. They are looking for the input from York Region residents who are in the baby boomers or youth age groups.
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Hiring Levels Still Low in Suburban Toronto

Hiring demand actually increased slightly in June compared to May in all four suburban GTA regions. However, since the hiring demand levels in May were among this year’s worst, the correction amounted for little more than a return to the flat trend that we have been seeing since the job market took a deep dive at the end of 2008. We are still not seeing signs of recovery in the Toronto area’s job markets, and we do not expect to see much in the way of recovery until the 3rd quarter of 2009. Continue reading Hiring Levels Still Low in Suburban Toronto

Free Information Sessions in Oakville and Newmarket: Job Market Trends in Suburban Toronto

VicinityJobs.com, in partnership with Sheridan College (in Oakville) and the Newmarket Employment Resource Centre (in Newmarket), will host two free seminars on the topic of “Job Market and Hiring Demand Trends in Suburban Toronto”. The events will take place in Oakville on June 23rd and in Newmarket on July 9th.
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Free Job Seeker Seminar Event in Mississauga: Marketing Yourself Online

VicinityJobs.com, in cooperation with the Toronto Centre for Education and Training, will host a free seminar for job seekers in the Mississauga Employment Resource Centre on June 25th starting at 2 pm, titled “Marketing Yourself Online”. (note that the original date announced was June 23rd, but the event has now been re-scheduled for June 25th) Job seekers will get an overview of the major providers of online job search tools in the GTA, their strengths and weaknesses, and understand the differences between job boards, vertical search engines, agency web sites, contract work outsourcing web sites, etc.

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