Labour Market Insights
Moving Through Ontario’s New Tiered COVID-19 Response Framework and the Impact on In-Demand and Searched-For Occupations in Windsor-Essex for November 2020
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Health Christine Elliott announced on November 27, 2020 that Windsor-Essex would move from Orange-Restrict to Red-Control as of 12:01 a.m., November 30. This greatly impacts many businesses, including restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments; sports and recreational fitness facilities; and retail stores, among others.
This month saw 3,699 active job postings from 1,294 companies, down from 4,349 total active job postings from 1,498 companies in October. Since the move to Red-Control came near the end of the month, we can expect December’s job numbers to more accurately reflect the current circumstances.
For the month of November 2020, the Job Board received 18,357 interactions (a decrease of 23% from 22,564 in October) from 5,395 users (a decline of 6.4% from the previous month). The decrease of interactions could be contributed to people experiencing COVID fatigue and mental health issues tied not only to COVID-19 but also seasonal depression or burn out as winter approaches.
This could also be due to people wanting more permanent positions and thus waiting until after the holidays to look for work. In fact, 66% of interactions on the Job Board were specifically for Permanent work. Other individuals may be collecting Employment Insurance, Canada Recovery Benefit, Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, or Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit. Simply, some individuals may be nervous about the pandemic as the region has moved quickly through Ontario’s tiered COVID-19 Response Framework from Green-Protect on November 3 to Red-Control and trending toward Grey-Lockdown. This could all discourage individuals from searching for work.
The top searched-for occupations remain largely the same from October, with one notable addition to occupations searched for by men:
Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers is new this month and could be because of financial year-end requirements. Of the 18,357 interactions on the Job Board, 853 keyword searches were conducted. There were 37 searches for variations of accounting, bookkeeper, and tax. A total of 15 of those search instances were from men, five were from women, and 26 did not identify themselves.
The top occupations women were looking at on the Job Board were:
The most searched-for occupations overall on the Job Board for November were:
The top ten in-demand occupations by local employers for November 2020 were:
Retail Salespersons; Transport Truck Drivers; Material Handlers; Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations; Other Customer and Information Services Representatives; Nursery and Greenhouse Workers; Other Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities; Administrative Assistants; Cooks; and Delivery and Courier Service Drivers.
Additionally, Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers are moderately in-demand right now with 34 job postings in November.
As for the top hiring sectors in the region for November 2020, many remain consistent with October’s top hiring sectors, with the addition of Community Care Facilities for the Elderly. This could be due to some long-term care homes experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks requiring them to hire additional staff to cover staff absences or an increase of individuals in care.
As we can see on the In-Demand job list, Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations are in-demand. There is also a high demand for Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses at 17th on the in-demand job list.
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ABOUT THIS REPORT:
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.
MONTHLY JOB SEARCH REPORT
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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