The Red Seal Program is responsible for setting standards and assessing the skills of various professionals. At the beginning of 2019, there were 60,170 openings, which are a slight increase of 14% from what was reported in the previous year. Overall, the number of people exiting the job scene is much higher than the recruitments, which raises a red flag. In the last twenty years, the demand for people in the trades’ profession has increased due to the growth of the construction industry and natural resources. Therefore people registering in these apprentice programs has risen in the same period.
There is a sharp rise in the number of available posts given the fact that there is over 30% of opening for the unskilled trades paying approximately $15 per hour. Undoubtedly, these jobs have a high rate of turnover. At least a quarter of the vacancies are in the transport and equipment category, while at least 5% are in manufacturing and utilities.
On top of the list are metal fabricators who have had a growth of 41.6%, followed by rig technicians with 38.2% and the agriculture equipment technicians who are at 32.8%.
There has been a lot of advancements in Agriculture, and therefore, there is a need for a highly-skilled workforce. Other areas of growth are landscape horticulturalists, insulators, and tile setters. From the study, some of the highest-paid professionals are the heavy-duty equipment technicians who move heavy equipment and steamfitters- pipefitters who work in the piping systems. When it comes to hourly jobs, rig technicians top at $38.90 per hour, while equipment technicians earn $33 per hour.
Upon accreditation, the average income for the eighteen professionals surveyed was approximately $52,030. The average amount for the highest-earning trade was $79,920, which was for heavy-duty machine operators. The income for steamfitters was $78,030 while for industrial operators was $74,350. There is a lot of effort in Canada to recruit more people in these professionals and training those in school to show interest in pursuing that career line.