Labour Market Insights
Healthcare and Social Assistance Sector and In-Demand Skills: Top Occupations and In-Demand Jobs for Windsor-Essex for November 2023
This month saw some significant increases in demand, and in interest, in the Healthcare and Social Assistance sector. We’re diving into the data, and are also examining the top in-demand skills found in job postings and looking at how that information can help jobseekers.
In November, there were 5,366 total active job postings from 1,810 companies for an increase of 3% from the previous month’s 5,211 total active job postings. We also saw a 3% decrease in new job postings in November over October, with 2,559 new jobs posted in the month of November. The Job Board received 23,123 job post clicks, down 11% from the previous month.
The top 15 searched-for occupations overall in Windsor-Essex for November 2023 on the Job Board were:
These numbers are specific to the Job Board. To learn more about the occupations listed in these tables, visit the Career Library.
Occupations that saw a significant increase in search instances in November as compared to October include Receptionists (up 92.7%); Other Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities (up 29.8%); Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations (up 15.9%); Social and Community Service Workers (up 14.0%); and Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents (up 9.3%).
On the other hand, occupations that saw a decrease in search instances in November as compared to October include Store Shelf Stockers, Clerks and Order Fillers (down 52.3%); Administrative Officers (down 29.8%); Cashiers (down 24.5%); Material Handlers (down 19.0%); and Retail Salespersons (down 18.7%).
The top 20 in-demand occupations by local employers for November 2023 were:
Most notable on the demand side for November is the significant increase in demand for Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses (up 150.8% in November as compared to October). There are numerous issues that would cause an increase in demand for Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses. We do typically see an increase each year in November, however this jump has been more significant than the past few years we’ve been tracking this data. In November 2023, the demand for Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses is up 57.5% from November 2022 (94 total active job postings), up 142.6% from November 2021 (61 total active job postings), and up 196% from November 2020 (50 total active job postings). The increase at this time of year can be attributed in part to an annual increase in respiratory viruses. In addition, nurses have faced difficult working conditions and inadequate pay, even before the COVID-19 pandemic (Globe and Mail and Canadian Federation of Nurses Union). On top of that, new this year could be the cyber attacks that continue to impact Windsor Regional Hospital and other healthcare providers in the region and the need for additional staff to navigate the situation and assist patients.
Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses includes registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, and graduates of a nursing program who are awaiting registration (graduate nurses). They provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs, and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing. They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, community agencies, companies, private homes, and public and private organizations, or they may be self-employed. Regional employers of Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses include Windsor Regional Hospital – Met Campus, Saint Elizabeth Health Care, ParaMed Home Health Care, Victorian Order of Nurses / VON Canada, and Sunrise Senior Living.
Other occupations that also saw a significant increase in demand in November as compared to the previous month include Receptionists (up 52.8%); Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (up 50.0%); Food Service Supervisors (up 32.1%); and Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Support Occupations (up 25.7%).
Comparing the most in-demand occupations to those that are receiving the most search interest, we can see that Receptionists are high on both lists. Receptionists greet people arriving at offices, hospitals, and other establishments; direct visitors to appropriate person or service; answer and forward telephone calls; take messages; schedule appointments; and perform other clerical duties. They are employed by hospitals, medical and dental offices and throughout the public and private sectors. Telephone operators are included in this group. Regional employers of Receptionists include The Corporation of the City of Windsor; Windsor Regional Hospital – Met Campus; Cintas Corporation; Town of Kingsville; and the Canadian College of Health, Science and Technologies.
New this month on the most in-demand occupations list is Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics, who install, maintain, troubleshoot, overhaul, and repair stationary industrial machinery and mechanical equipment. This occupation includes industrial textile machinery mechanics and repairers. Construction millwrights are employed by millwrighting contractors. Industrial mechanics are employed in manufacturing plants, utilities, and other industrial establishments. Regional employers of Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics include Flex-N-Gate Corporation, Ground Effects Ltd., The Electromac Group, The Plasman Group, and Windsor Mold Group.
Hiring by 2-Digit NAICS:
In looking at Hiring by 2-Digit NAICS, we can see how in-demand different sectors are in Windsor-Essex.
We usually see Retail Trade in the first or second spot on the Hiring by 2-Digit NAICS table, however, the Healthcare and Social Assistance sector took the top spot for November, aligning with the increased demand for Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses as well as the demand for Home Support Workers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations, as noted above.
While hiring in the Retail Trade sector did slip in November as compared to October, it still stands as a very much in-demand sector in Windsor-Essex.
Top In-Demand Skills:
Looking at the top in-demand skills that were found in job postings in November can be useful in many ways.
For instance, the above-listed skills are a good starting point in identifying areas or skills you already possess and can include in your cover letter and resume when applying for jobs. If you need help with your cover letter or resume, sign up for a free WEjobs Portal account for access to our Resume Builder and Cover Letter tools!
You can also use this list to identify areas where you may be lacking and look into ways to upgrade your skills. A good starting point for this is our Job & Training Events page.
Top Hiring Employers:
Looking at the companies posting jobs in Windsor-Essex, the below table shows the top 10 hiring companies in the region.
Here we can see where some of the increase in demand in the Healthcare and Social Assistance sector is coming from (Windsor Regional Hospital – Met Campus, Windsor Regional Hospital, and Victorian Order of Nurses / VON Canada). Retail is still strong, with Loblaw Companies Limited and Walmart Canada in the top 10 hiring companies in Windsor-Essex. It is also exciting to see NextStar Energy on this list for the new EV battery plant coming to the region. This will be something to keep an eye on in the coming months.
THE FINDINGS OF THIS REPORT WERE SOURCED FROM:
As of April 2019, the monthly Job Demand Report for Windsor-Essex is created by Workforce WindsorEssex using data collected from 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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