Four predictions for Canadian tech hiring in 2020

Jan 13 11:01 2020 Print This Article

Technology is powering the Canadian economy. We know that, but it’s the details that stand out.

Consider these statistics from a recent CBRE report, which states that the tech sector accounts for eight percent of all jobs in Waterloo Region, even though those positions make up just 2.4 percent of the entire Canadian tech population.

As we step into a new year, I wanted to share a few of the trends we are seeing at VanHack as we work with hundreds of fast-growing companies across Canada. Because it’s not just about growing fast, it’s about helping these innovators grow right.

A growing tech scene means lots of hiring (and rising wages) in 2020

From coast to coast, Canada’s tech scene is growing. On the west coast, there are more than 114,200 people employed in BC’s high-tech sector, translating into $31 billion in revenue in 2017, up 6.9 percent from the year before, according to a report in the Times Colonist. In the heart of the country’s historic oilpatch, Edmonton has joined Canada’s top 10 list of cities appealing to tech companies and workers. The city’s tech sector is booming, in part thanks to investment in tech education programs. Calgary is also building a pipeline to an innovation-driven economy, noting 2,000 tech jobs there for the taking by talented people.

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