Continuing to rebound, the Canadian unemployment rate dropped again in 2022. Strong hiring in the agricultural sector also grew, with a 31% increase in Canadian jobs posted on AgCareers.com. Annually, AgCareers.com reviews trends in jobs, candidates, and site activity in our Canadian Agriculture & Food Job Report. This review of trends helps the industry identify career trends and look forward.
AgCareers.com and employers categorize job postings by career type. Nationwide, Sales/Retail was the top career type in Canada, followed closely by Operator/General Labourer. There were also strong numbers of agronomists, maintenance/repair, and operations careers.
Additionally, we examined the top trending career types of jobs posted on AgCareers.com. Maintenance/Repair positions experienced the largest growth over the year.
AgCareers.com added a new work environment option for employers to specify in 2020: Remote/Work-from-Home. We added this because of employers’ increased offerings of remote opportunities and heightened demand from job seekers.
The number of positions posted on AgCareers.com by employers in this remote/work-from-home category increased by more than 300% from 2020 to 2022. This growth trend continues to climb, with 34% growth again in 2022. Canadian remote positions were most frequently posted in the Communications, Promotion & Public Relations; Crop Production; and Equipment/Manufacturing & Technical industry types. Looking at career types, remote positions were most frequently posted in the Sales/Retail and Business Development career types.
Candidates’ interest in remote positions illustrates prolonged growth in response to work-from-home availability; the needs and expectations have persisted post-pandemic. Searches for the keyword “remote” were up 40% in the past year on AgCareers.com.
COVID changed the way agricultural organizations manage people. More than half of employers surveyed in the AgCareers.com 2022-2023 Canadian Agribusiness HR Review™, offer a hybrid work schedule, and 20% offer a fully remote option. More employers are also using flexible work arrangements.
While flexibility isn’t always possible in every role, if used correctly, it is a powerful recruiting and retention tool. Canadian agribusinesses taking part in the HR Review™,noted their most common flexible work arrangement offered was flexibility in schedule. The second most common arrangement was a hybrid schedule.
For additional 2022 trends including a closer look at candidates’ education level, location and experience, download a copy of the full report at www.AgCareers.com under market research, or click here: Agribusiness Job Report.
Article Written by Bonnie Johnson, AgCareers.com