Labour Market Insights
Increases in Construction and Accommodation and Food Services: Top Occupations and In-Demand Jobs for Windsor-Essex for February 2022
During the month of February 2022, public health measures put in place by the Government of Ontario in January began easing. As of February 17, social gathering limits were increased to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors, capacity limits in establishments requiring proof of vaccination (restaurants, bars, cinemas, gyms, casinos, bingo halls, and meeting and event spaces, for example) were lifted, and capacity limits at sports arenas and concerts were increased to 50%.
Further public health measures were lifted on March 1, including mandatory proof of vaccination for establishments, although businesses may choose to continue to require proof of vaccination.
February saw 5,916 total active job postings from 1,904 companies for a decrease of 1.4% over the previous month’s 6,001 total active job postings. The Job Board and Job Map received 25,578 interactions from 6,362 users (a user decrease of 5.2% from the previous month).
The top 15 searched-for occupations overall in Windsor-Essex for February 2022 were:
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Although interactions and users were down slightly in February as compared to January, we’re seeing a significant increase in searches for certain occupations. For instance, searches overall for Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Support Occupations and Cooks increased (62.6% and 87.4%, respectively). This would align with establishments preparing for the easing of public health measures impacting the Accommodation and Food Services sector in mid-February and as of March 1. Other significant increases include Light Duty Cleaners (up 40.7%); Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations (up 43.3%); and Social Workers (up 95.9%).
The top 15 searched-for occupations by men in Windsor-Essex for February 2022 were:
The top 15 searched-for occupations by women in Windsor-Essex for February 2022 were:
The top 20 in-demand occupations by local employers for February 2022 were:
The list of in-demand occupations also lines up with what users are searching for. Above, we see an increase in job postings for Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Support Occupations (up 23.8%) and Cooks (up 49.1%).
Looking at hiring by 2-digit NAICS codes, we can see some increases in other sectors besides Accommodation and Food Services, which is up 52.3% from 155 job postings in January to 236 job postings in February. Looking at the hiring by 6-digit NAICS table further down, Limited-Service Eating Places saw a 14.3% increase (from 70 job postings in January to 80 job postings in February) and Full-Service Restaurants saw a 128% increase (from 50 job postings in January to 114 job postings in February), indicating the sector is optimistic about a return to indoor dining and the approaching warmer months for patio season.
Construction is up 20.9% from 158 job postings in January to 191 job postings in February. This is also an increase of 112.2% from 90 job postings in February 2021 and an increase of 44.7% from 132 job postings in February 2020. This could be due to an increased interest in building housing (the Windsor-Essex County Association of Realtors reported housing sales were up 8.93% for February 2022 as compared to February 2021) as the real estate market continues to see an increase in not only properties sold, but an increase in the average sale price (up 44.74% from February 2021).
The Health Care and Social Assistance sector is seeing a bump in job postings with a 6.6% increase from 532 job postings in January to 567 jobs postings in February. Although job postings are up in this sector, numbers in certain business types seem relatively unchanged according to the 6-digit NAICS table below. In terms of where the largest bump in hiring in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector came from in February, it appears to be from Community Health Centres, up 67.7% from 31 job postings in January to 52 job postings in February. Community Health Centres have medical staff primarily engaged in general out-patient care, providing the services of a variety of health practitioners within the same establishment. These are often referred to as clinics or centres, not to be confused with the offices of health practitioners classified to other industries that are also referred to as clinics or centres. Some examples of regional companies in this sector hiring locally include Erie Shores HealthCare, Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, and Harrow Health Centre Inc.: A Family Health Team.
With the employment landscape largely in sync with the changing public health measures, we will continue to monitor how the workforce reflects this. It is likely we will see further changes in the above-mentioned sectors especially as we see the full impacts of lifting public health measures as well as the public’s comfort levels and their changing consumer habits.
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As of April 2019, the monthly Job Demand Report for Windsor-Essex is created by Workforce WindsorEssex using data collected from 14 unique national, provincial and locally-significant job boards. Between May 2017 and March 2019, job posting data was purchased from CEB Talent Neuron.
The monthly Job Search Report for Windsor-Essex is created by Workforce WindsorEssex using data collected from four job finding tools, including WEexplore, WEmap jobs, WEjobs board, and the Bridge Timeline Tool. Gender and age information of users is voluntarily shared with the organization.
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