CURRENT LANDSCAPE

17,630 ICT professionals are employed in Manitoba in early 2015. Of them, 2,170 are youth aged 25 or younger, 3,020 are nearing retirement, 3,000 are women, and 4,590 are immigrants. In addition, 16,430 work in Winnipeg and another 1,200 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, 4,970 work in the ICT sector, while 12,660 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 Manitoba’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. Under a baseline scenario, over 1,000 new ICT jobs are expected to be created in Manitoba by 2019. It is projected that the availability of homegrown ICT talent will not be sufficient to meet these hiring requirements. Combined with replacement demand due to retirements and other exits, Manitoba would need to fill 4,000 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 3,300 in Winnipeg and 600 in rest of Manitoba.

Projected hiring requirements to 2019 by municipality

  Employment
in 2015
Cumulative hiring requirements
to 2019
Winnipeg 16,430 3,338
Manitoba – other 1,200 613
Total 17,630 3,951
Source: ICTC, 2015

 

Under a contractionary scenario, hiring requirements are projected to decline to 3,700 compared to the baseline scenario hiring requirements of 4,000. Alternatively, in an expansionary scenario, Manitoba employers will need to hire 6,300 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 3,718
Baseline 3,951
Expansionary 6,331
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 – Manitoba would need to fill the following ICT positions:

  • 630 information systems analysts and consultants
  • 450 computer and information systems managers
  • 420 user support technicians
  • 420 computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 290 database analysts and data administrators
  • 270 computer engineers (except software engineers)
  • 270 software engineers
  • 260 computer and network operators and web technicians
  • 250 electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians
  • 240 electrical and electronics engineers