The New Year Job Market

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Now that 2014 has arrived, experts are beginning to reassess their original market predictions — and for the better. Last year, the job-seekers’ Workopolis survey revealed that only 13% of respondents felt confident moving into the New Year, but when compared to this year’s results, 25% of participants claimed to feel optimistically. Perhaps, this is due to the fact the Robert Half International Annual Salary Report forecasts the starting salaries for professional occupations in Canada to rise 4%. In particular, those in the IT field may experience a 5.5% increase, which continues the 3.2% boost that began late 2013.

For those on the job hunt, swing by the Working Canada website to read about any new development in the industry. Starting off 2014, two opportunities listed that will create new jobs in the technical sector include:

  1. Cisco Systems Canada — $4 billion to be invested in Ontario as a part of a 10-year agreement aimed to create 1,700 high-tech jobs during Phase One.
  2. Shopify Inc — $100 million investment that will be used to expand the company’s workforce, particularly in Ottawa and Toronto.

Similarly, many research firms suggest IT pros brush-up in the following areas: (1) Programming, (2) Technical Support, and (3) Networking. These are three positions that will be most likely affected by the salary hike in coming months!

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