CURRENT LANDSCAPE

7,900 ICT professionals are employed in Newfoundland and Labrador in early 2015. Of them, 530 are youth aged 25 or younger, 2,710 are nearing retirement, 1,930 are women, and 370 are immigrants. In addition, 6,300 work in St. John’s and another 1,600 work in the rest of the province. Industries outside the ICT sector are major users of ICT products and services. The demand for top ICT talent continues to grow and has resulted in expanding career options for ICT professionals, placing competitive pressure on the employers seeking technical ICT talent. Among employed ICT professionals, 3,170 work in the ICT sector, while 4,730 work in other sectors (e.g. education, health).

As the current ICT workforce ages, not many youth are opting for ICT careers, leaving a void that could potentially limit Newfoundland and Labrador’s future competitiveness before long. Significantly fewer youth work in ICT professions than in other jobs. In contrast, ICT professions have a greater proportion of workers in the older age groups compared to the total provincial workforce.

ICT Employment

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Source: ICTC; Statistics Canada

 

 FUTURE OUTLOOK

Under three economic scenarios over a 5-year horizon, a combination of employment growth and replacement requirements produces estimates of cumulative hiring requirements. It is projected that the availability of homegrown ICT talent will not be sufficient to meet these hiring requirements. Under a baseline scenario, the combination of employment growth and replacement demand due to retirements and other exits could result in needing to fill 3,800 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 2,400 in St. John’s and 1,200 in rest of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Projected hiring requirements to 2019 by municipality

  Employment in 2015 Cumulative hiring requirements to 2019
St. John’s 6,300 2,466
Newfoundland and Labrador – other 1,600 1,288
Total 7,900 3,755
Source: ICTC, 2015

 

Under a contractionary scenario, hiring requirements are projected to decline to 3,300 compared to the baseline scenario hiring requirements of 3,800. Alternatively, in an expansionary scenario, Newfoundland and Labrador employers will need to hire 5,100 ICT professionals. This outlook underscores the significance of accessing all available talent to address the demand-supply imbalance in ICT professions.

Projected hiring requirements to 2019 by scenario

Scenario Cumulative hiring requirements to 2019
Contractionary 3,312
Baseline 3,755
Expansionary 5,128
Source: ICTC, 2015

 

Demand-supply imbalances will affect some ICT occupations more than others. As a result of employment growth – combined with replacement demand due to skills mismatch, retirements, and other exits – Newfoundland and Labrador would need to fill the following ICT positions:

  • 620 electrical and electronics engineers
  • 530 computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 500 information systems analysts and consultants
  • 450 computer and network operators and web technicians
  • 370 electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 280 database analysts and data administrators
  • 240 software engineers
  • 200 systems testing technicians
  • 160 computer and information systems managers