Job market to boom in 2007

Nearly half of employers can't fill job openings: survey

In the coming year, workers can expect bigger salaries and more flexible work arrangements, says a recent survey.

"Canadian hiring is expected to grow steadily into 2007, with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development predicting Canada's economy will remain stable in spite of an economic slowdown in the United States," says Remy Piazza, managing director of, sponsor of the survey.

"The positive climate for jobseekers will be challenging for hiring managers already coping with a shrinking labour pool as the Baby Boomer generation retires," Piazza said. "Currently, 45 per cent of employers say they have job openings for which they can't find qualified candidates."

Although 44 per cent of employers expect to add 10 or fewer employees in 2007, more than one in five expect to add more than 50 workers, and one in 10 plan to hire more than 100 employees.

Employers expect to add the most workers in the sales, accounting/financial operations, hospitality, health care, customer service and IT sectors.

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