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Where is demand highest for construction pros?

Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016

CAEST blog image: which region has the best opportunities for construction?The construction industry is busy across Canada and investment in infrastructure is expected to increase activity even further. Different regions are seeing slightly different demand – so where should you go to maximize your career options?

Depending on your career goals and area of specialty, different provinces and cities could fast track your career.

The recent Hays VRCA salary guide shows the local market is one of the hottest in the country with particularly high demand for estimators, project managers and superintendents. Demand for skilled trades hasn’t abated, despite an influx of trades people from the oil and gas sector look for new opportunities outside Alberta. High-rise is still driving activity, and construction employers are competing across Canada for professionals with this area of expertise.

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How does the Vancouver market compare to other key Canadian centres?

The GTA remains a busy hub, with infrastructure investment getting a boost thanks to the $8.4 billion Eglinton Crosstown line, while residential and high-rise continue to drive local activity. Demand is especially high for project managers and estimators with experience working on large projects – those that reach or pass the $20 million mark.

Central Canada is still feeling the impact of the oil and gas price drop, but government investment in schools and infrastructure is maintaining activity in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and construction remains one of the stronger industries in the region. 

How can you fast track your career?

Sell your skills
Know what employers are looking for. Search job listings or talk to a local recruitment consultant to find out what skills and experience are in highest demand, then structure your resume to emphasize the in-demand skills and traits you possess. Be proactive about professional development to upskill and become the sought-after candidate.

Want to move? Commit to your new location
Employers can be hesitant to hire people who are new to the region from concern they will leave within a year or two. Whether you’re looking for a fresh start, or to return to your roots, ensure you’re selling your reason for moving in your cover letter or interview. Contact a recruiter to find out what opportunities exist outside your province.

Top tip: get or become a mentor
The Hays DNA of a VP of Construction found that 74 per cent of construction leaders had a mentor at some point in their career. Look for a mentor who can help guide you through the different career obstacles and who will advocate for you. If you’re a manager or above, consider also becoming a mentor. Not only can you help guide future leaders, but staying connected with junior construction professionals will make you a better leader by keeping you in touch with the issues affecting different levels within the industry.

Visit the job links below, or search current opportunities.

Job Title
LocationJob ID
Project SupervisorOttawa1046616
Senior ICI Site SuperintendentToronto1044799
Data Comm Security PM/EstimatorVancouver1018236
Mechanical EstimatorOttawa1045778
Senior EstimatorEdmonton1034473
Project ManagerCalgary1046516

 

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