The industry in which to find a job in Canada in 2018 was health. More than 74,000 people went to work at hospitals, homecare agencies and the like, representing almost half the total number of jobs created last year, according to Statistics Canada’s latest monthly survey of the labour market.
Demographics anticipated the demand: Since 2015, there have been more seniors aged 65 and older than boys and girls aged 15 and younger. Anecdotal evidence of understaffed clinics and overworked mental-health counsellors is overwhelming. And yet the supply of such workers appears to be adequate. Annual increases in average hourly wages barely changed from September through the end of 2018, dragging down the average monthly change for the year to a mere 1.3 per cent. Employers, whether it be institutions, clinics or oldsters seeking nurses to help them at home, are feeling no pressure to offer higher wages to get the help they need.
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