New LinkedIn Data Shows Canada’s Growing Tech Workforce Is Outpacing The U.S.

Canada’s bustling tech sector has attracted national and international headlines in recent weeks, as an influx of investment into the nation’s talent pipeline helps it earn a reputation as a major hub for the industry.

The latest edition of LinkedIn’s Workforce Report for Canada reveals where the tech workforce has expanded the fastest over the past year, as well the roles, skills and cities driving growth. Here are some of the key findings:

  • Growth in Canada’s tech talent workforce outpaced the U.S. over the past 12 months (1.6% growth rate in Canada compared to 1.1% in the U.S.)
  • Calgary enjoys the fastest pace of tech workforce growth at 2.2% over the past 12 months (Vancouver and Toronto are close behind at 2.1% and 2% growth, respectively)
  • Data Engineer (19.7%) and Back End Developer (14.1%) are the fastest-growing tech jobs in Canada over the past 12 months
  • The fastest-growing skills relate to cloud-computing, such as Microsoft Azure (which was up 36% over a year), user interface library React.js (up 33%) and Amazon Web Services (up 26%)

The full report findings can be found here.

Methodology

This body of work represents the world seen through the lens of LinkedIn data, drawn from the anonymized and aggregated profile information of LinkedIn’s 810 million members around the world. As such, it is influenced by how members choose to use the platform, which can vary based on professional, social and regional culture, as well as overall site availability and accessibility.

To map “tech talent,” LinkedIn determines members’ job functions from their job titles as listed on their profiles. For this report, a member is considered to be “tech talent” if their current job function is in “Information Technology” or “Engineering.” All positions, including full-time, intern, student, contract, part-time and self-employed roles are included in this analysis.

Top educational institutions are based on the institutions listed in the education section of LinkedIn profiles. The rank for top tech schools is based on the number of “tech talent” workers who attended a given school.

The tech talent growth rate reflects the percentage change in the number of tech professionals in a given location, compared with the same location a year earlier. Named cities include wider metropolitan areas. Fastest-growing jobs reflect the percentage change in the number of professionals who list a job title as an active position on their LinkedIn profile, compared with the same title a year earlier.

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