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Posted by Hays Recruitment Expert on Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019
Canada’s construction industry continues to convey confidence in business growth. An overwhelming 65 per cent of respondents from our 2019 Canada Salary Guide expect construction business to increase this year. However, there’s a significant shortage of skilled talent in this market. Here are regional construction trends for 2019 based on insights from our consultants and results from our survey.
Our survey shows that 67 per cent of employers in BC expect business activity to increase in 2019, and 65 per cent of employers expect to increase headcount this year.
Wood frame superintendents and intermediate level development managers will remain in-demand as the residential sector continues to soften. There’s also a shortage of civil and ICI estimators in British Columbia. This shortage will only become more acute as many major civil infrastructure projects underway in the following months, such as Surrey LRT and the Broadway line skytrain extension.
According to our survey, 61 per cent of employers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba expect business activity to increase in 2019. Furthermore, 39 per cent of employers expect to increase headcount in 2019, whereas 54 per cent of respondents expect headcount to remain as high as the previous year.
Experienced commercial and multi-family estimators—with a minimum of five years of experience—and project managers predominantly within commercial construction—with five to 15 years of experience—are the most in-demand candidates.
Business activity is rising in Ontario. Our survey shows that 65 per cent of employers in this province expect to increase headcount in 2019.
There’s a shortage of experienced highrise residential project managers, commercial project managers, site superintendents, and commercial estimators in Ontario. Professionals with highrise residential experience in Ontario are highly sought after.
A report by the Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec confirms this rising growth of construction projects. For the first six months of 2018, the total number of residential construction starts stood at 19,317—an increase of 18 per cent over the same period in 2011. Our survey also reveals that a whopping 83 per cent of employers expect business activity to increase in 2019.
In Quebec, there’s a high demand for estimators in any sector—such as civil, industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI), and residential—and project managers with a focus in highrise.
The most in-demand roles in Canada
There’s a wide consensus among our consultants across Canada that estimators, senior project managers, superintendents, and development managers are the top roles in construction.
So, if you’re looking for your next opportunity in this thriving industry, view our job listings here.