I sit on the Skills and Workplace Development Policy Council at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. The group has been brought together to examine the issues underlying the challenges businesses face in securing the skills and education they need for job openings. We will also discuss demographic changes in our population and how those changes will affect future workforces. As a member of the policy council I want to ensure the Peterborough perspective is heard.
To that end and to learn more about the needs of Peterborough employers, I sent an email to the Workforce Development Board Help Desk on Thursday, February 16 asking the following: Do you have data that identifies which sectors and skills are most in demand for Peterborough City and County? Shortly thereafter, I had a six page report in my hands.
According to the current labour market information (LMI) available:
The top five industries, with Statistics Canada definitions, in search of employees are (# of job postings):
When it comes to skill level, employers are looking for varying levels of education (see the graph above).
The LMI report shows that between January 2016 and February 2017 there were a total of 1917 jobs posted in the Peterborough City and County. 92.5% were in the City of Peterborough and range from Utilities and Construction
opportunities to Retail Trade to Transportation and Warehousing to Finance and Insurance to Public Administration.
The remaining 7.5% of jobs were in the surrounding townships and were mainly in Manufacturing, Retail Trade and
In the past year, there were 572 postings that did not reference any education level.
A recent Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) survey found that:
business’ ability to invest and grow.
Ultimately, you can never get TMI (too much information) with LMI and it’s a valuable tool to start assessing the skills needs of our workforce now and in the future.
There’s an ad at the bottom of this page for the Workforce Development Board Help Desk - one of several strategies in the province when it comes to disseminating labour market information, and a tremendous resource.
“The helpdesk can be used by community stakeholders to assist them with their Labour Market Information (LMI) needs,” says Jason Dennison, Manager of Operations.