Professional services jobs see record growth

February 4, 2014

In December, the professional, scientific and technical services sector hit its highest job level on record, making it the 4th largest sector by employment in Canada. The sector led job growth in 2013, with an increase of 85,500 jobs in roles such as accountants, engineers, architects, lawyers, research-and-development specialists, surveyors, consultants, graphic designers and marketers. The sector is characterized by its reliance on worker skills, usually requiring some form of PSE or training, and includes a higher-than-average earning scale. Although Canada’s labour market is slowing, health care and social assistance employment also hit a record high in December. Tara Talbot, VP Human Resources at Workopolis, noted that professional services jobs were not as hard hit during the recession, and are “also amongst the areas where we’ve seen the greatest post-recession increases in hiring.” Globe and Mail