An analysis by the Canadian government highlights certain occupations that have seen an increase in demand in Manitoba due to the pandemic.
While many jobs were affected by Manitoba’s public-health measures, there was no denying that many others were also negatively impacted. Pandemic-related shut downs caused many job losses in the tourism and hospitality industries. For other sectors, however, demand rose.
Here are nine jobs that have seen an increase in demand. These jobs are identified by their National Occupational Classification code (NOC).
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1. Graphic designers and illustrators (NOC5241)
Graphic designers and illustrators create graphic art and visual materials that communicate information to packaging, magazines, advertising and other media.
In April 2020, the employment rate for graphic designers and illustrators increased by 114% compared with April 2019.
Although advertising decreased after retailers cut their advertising spends and cancelled live events, graphic designers and illustrators noticed a shift in their work towards online shopping platforms as more retailers moved online.
2. Cleaning supervisors (NOC 6315)
Cleaning supervisors supervise and coordinate the work of special cleaners, janitors and caretakers.
Many people work in hospitals, schools, hospitals, and other businesses.
In April 2020, the employment rate for cleaning supervisors was 68% higher than April 2019.
This dramatic rise may not be surprising since enhanced cleaning procedures were a priority during COVID-19’s pandemic.
3. Drivers for delivery and courier services (NOC 7514).
They drive light trucks, vans and cars to deliver and pick up products. These professionals are often employed at restaurants, newspapers distributors, pharmacies, dry cleaners, and other businesses. Many of them are also self-employed.
In 2020, the average employment level grew year-over-year. Due to significant increases in retail ecommerce, this occupation saw an increase in demand.
4. Computer network technicians (NOC 2281)
Computer network technicians create, manage, maintain, and coordinate the use of local networks and wide-area networks (LANs, WANs), and also handle hardware and software.
Many of these professionals work in information technology units.
This job had 75% more employment in April 2020 than it did in April 2019, compared to April 2019. This job is expected to remain in high demand as more companies embrace remote work.
Brokers and insurance agents sell a variety of insurance, including life, auto, property, and health insurance.
Due to uncertainty created by the pandemic of travel and business, insurance companies could receive more claims. This will likely increase the demand for this job.
6. 6. Shippers and receivers (NOC 15021)
These professionals are responsible for shipping, receiving, and recording the movement of parts and other items from and to an establishment.
This job had 27% more employment in April 2020 than April 2019.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, this job has seen an increase in demand.
7. Material handlers (NOC 7452)
Material handlers are responsible for moving, loading, unloading, and moving materials. This group is often employed by moving, storage, and transportation companies.
In 2020, the average employment level for this occupation was higher than it was in previous years.
Retail e-commerce grew due to the pandemic. As a result, parcel delivery demand increased.
Amazon plans to open a new Winnipeg delivery center in 2021. This will increase the demand for this job.
Home support workers offer personal care to seniors and people with disabilities. They may live with clients. The housekeeper is responsible for managing the home and maintaining order in a home.
These occupations saw a 87 percent increase in employment in April 2020, compared with April 2019.
These occupations could continue to be in demand as more people with immunocompromised conditions, such as elderly persons, choose to remain at home rather than moving to a care facility that may expose them to the COVID-19 virus.
9. Stockists, clerks, and order fillers for store shelves (NOC 6622)
They pack customer’s orders, price products, stock shelves with product, and fulfill mail and phone orders. Many of these professionals work in grocery stores, warehouses, department stores, and retail stores.
In 2020, the average employment level for this job was higher than it was in previous years.
During the pandemic, consumers switched to online shopping. This led to an increase in the demand for this job, so many grocery chains hired more shelf stockers and order fillers.
These occupations can help you immigrate to Manitoba.
Canada’s territories and provinces attract immigrants to meet labour market demands. This is done to support Canada’s economy growth.
If you have worked in a high-demand occupation in a province, there are many pathways to permanent residence.
You may also be able to use your work experience in order to apply for permanent residence through an economic class migration program.
This includes the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. These programs are managed by Canada through the Express Entry system.
Express Entry is only for skilled work. You should verify your National Occupational Classification code (NOC). If your NOc code indicates skill type 0, level A, or level B, then your occupation is skilled.
Only the occupations on the list would be considered skilled.
Illustrations and graphic designers
Computer network technicians
Brokers and agents of insurance.
Manitoba also has its own Provincial Nominee Program. There is a pathway that can be used by people working in Manitoba, such as students and temporary workers. This pathway is known as the Manitoba Work Experience Pathway.
An Express Entry profile is a way to immigrate to Manitoba via the Manitoba Express Entry Pathway. This pathway falls under the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream.
You must have worked in a high-demand occupation to be eligible. Only graphic designers, illustrators, computer network technicians, and other skilled workers are included in the list of in-demand occupations.
Home support workers might be eligible to migrate to Manitoba under the Home Support Worker Pilot.