A recent data published by job posting website Indeed reveals that Indian job seekers are keen to explore work opportunities in Canada, with India replacing the US as the largest source of foreign clicks on its platform as of February 2022. Job seekers from India grew in importance, with their share of clicks almost doubling to 17% in 2022 as compared to 9% in 2017. The US share of foreign clicks however slid from 40% in 2017 to 11% in February 2022.
Looking at foreign clicks more broadly, STEM-related postings get higher shares of interest from outside of Canada than other fields, led by software development, which this February received 22% of clicks from outside Canada.
Though India stands out, the rise in clicks share from abroad since the start of the pandemic has been broad-based. The share of foreign job seekers from a range of countries has jumped in the past two years. That includes countries in Asia besides India, such as the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Bangladesh; in Africa, and especially North Africa; and in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Brendon Bernard, Senior Economist at the Indeed Hiring Lab said “The Indian labour market is unique given its combination of size and integration into the global labour market. The popularity of Canadian job postings among Indian job seekers represents a noteworthy opportunity. Foreign migration has played a prominent role in the Canadian labour market in recent years, and with targets for permanent residency admissions set to rise, and a flourishing technology industry bolstered by programs like the Global Talent Stream, Indian job seekers are likely to continue to explore opportunities in Canada.
High levels of foreign interest in STEM fields have likely already contributed to rapid employment growth in professional occupations in the natural and applied sciences in recent years. The expanded footprint of foreign job seekers in Canada on Indeed highlights the potential importance that global migration will play in the labour market in the years ahead, especially as international travel relaxes.”
STEM job postings continue to have highest foreign click shares
In February, STEM fields accounted for nine of the top ten fields with the most clicks on job advertisements from other countries (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The only exception was agriculture and forestry. Software development was again at the top, with 22 percent of clicks on job advertising in the field originating from outside Canada, as in prior years. Other sectors of technology and engineering, ranging from 14 percent to 19 percent of clicks, continued to enjoy relatively high levels of foreign interest.
Foreign job seekers have an outsized footprint in clicks on Canadian STEM job advertising due to both global and domestic considerations. Tech employees, for example, have it easier than others to enter Canada because to programmes like the Global Talent Stream. Furthermore, the benefit
In-person jobs see fastest foreign click share growth
Since the beginning of the epidemic, occupations that need in-person employment have seen the most growth in international click share. From February 2020 to February 2022, the foreign share of clicks on postings in manual labor-related industries like cleaning & sanitation, loading & stocking, agriculture & forestry, construction, and production & manufacturing all more than doubled. Foreign click share increased dramatically from low levels in some in-person services, such as food and retail.