CURRENT LANDSCAPE

198,000 ICT professionals are employed in Quebec in early 2015. Of them, 8,130 are youth aged 25 or younger, 19,120 are nearing retirement, 42,470 are women, and 45,510 are immigrants. In addition, 134,600 work in Montreal, 25,930 work in Quebec City, and another 37,470 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, 86,230 work in the ICT sector, while 111,770 work in other sectors (e.g. manufacturing, health).

As the current ICT workforce ages, not many youth are opting for ICT careers, leaving a void that could potentially limit Quebec’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 30,000 new ICT jobs are expected to be created in Quebec 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, Quebec would need to fill 49,600 ICT positions over the next five years. By 2019, cumulative hiring requirements for ICT talent are expected to be over 35,600 in Montreal, over 9,900 in Quebec City, and over 3,900 in rest of Quebec.

Projected hiring requirements to 2019 by municipality

  Employment
in 2015
Cumulative hiring requirements
to 2019
Montreal 134,600 35,652
Quebec City 25,930 9,939
Quebec – other 37,470 3,997
Total 198,000 49,588
Source: ICTC, 2015

 

Under a contractionary scenario, hiring requirements are projected to decline to 41,400 compared to the baseline scenario hiring requirements of 49,600. Alternatively, in an expansionary scenario, Quebec employers will need to hire 52,400 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 41,498
Baseline 49,588
Expansionary 52,444
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 – Quebec would need to fill the following ICT positions:

  • 9,570 graphic designers and illustrators
  • 9,520 information systems analysts and consultants
  • 9,130 computer and network operators and web technicians
  • 8,700 computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • 3,470 database analysts and data administrators
  • 2,740 web designers and developers
  • 2,600 software engineers
  • 1,390 systems testing technicians
  • 1,220 computer and information systems managers
  • 1,030 computer engineers