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Changing commodity market shifts demand for skilled tradespeople

Posted by Jackie Burns, Hays VP, on Thursday, Aug 27, 2015

small picture of man in hardhatMillwrights, journeyman and other tradespeople are still in demand in Canada, and changing international trends mean the jobs are shifting. Those with experience in mining or oil and gas could find opportunities in other parts of the natural resources sector.

With the mining industry still facing falling commodity prices, some operators are taking steps to reduce costs, and keeping staff on where they can by doing partial closures of one or two weeks. However, we are still seeing mining employers hiring in senior niche technical roles.

The highest demand for heavy-duty mechanics and millwrights is coming from the forestry sector, where high global prices for timber are driving production. Salaries have historically been lower in this sector, but employers are working to improve compensation, and many workers are attracted by the stable jobs, appealing locations, and potential for career progression.

Tradespeople from the oil and gas sector are trickling over into mining and forestry positions, which is alleviating some of the workforce pressure, but this is a short-term solution. Over the next three to five years Canada is still facing a serious shortage of heavy-duty mechanics and electricians.

This is likely to be exacerbated by the recently approved LNG project in BC, which will see a significant increase in employment opportunities for skilled workers, first in construction and then in operations.

Looking for your next career move? See the jobs below or search for opportunities in your area.


Journeyman Millwright Whitecourt, AB 1031939
Millwright High Level,
Heavy Duty Mechanic MacKenzie, BC 1041233
Millwright Port Alberni, BC 1040224
Journeyman Millwright Port Alberni, BC 1029413


Talk to Jackie Burns, Hays Canada VP, on the Canadian labour market, especially mining and forestry.

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