Express Entry immigrants fared well in the Canadian labour market compared to non-Express Entry candidates who used the paper-based immigration application system, found a report by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The report studied how the Express Entry immigrants performed in the Canadian labour market compared to those who were admitted to the country through the old paper-based immigration system during the period between 2015 and 2018.
The report observed that 95 percent of those who immigrated through Express Entry were employed in the first year after immigration, compared to 87 per cent of non-Express Entry immigrants who got placed in the first year. Among the Express Entry candidates who were employed in the first year, 83 percent of them got placement in their field of expertise.
Nearly all Express Entry immigrants got placed in the first year after landing and outperformed immigrants who came through the previous application system, according to the report. It further found that among all the Canada immigration programs, it was those who immigrated through the Express Entry system, who were more likely to be employed. Among them, the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) and Canadian Experience Class (CEC) immigrants have the highest rates of employment in Canada.
Express Entry immigrants earn more
The report further found that those who immigrated through Express Entry were more likely to be employed in high-skilled occupations than non-Express Entry candidates. The Express Entry immigrants also earned about 20 percent more in annual salaries compared to non-Express Entry immigrants, according to the report. The annual salary of Express Entry immigrants was $10,200 more on an average compared to Canadian-born workers.
At the same time, non-Express Entry immigrants were more likely to report career advancement, found the report. Their first jobs in Canada were lower-skilled. 34 percent of the non-Express Entry immigrants said that they had changed jobs to a higher National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill level compared to Express Entry immigrants (24 per cent). At the same time, those who immigrated through Express Entry tended to change jobs within the same NOC skill level. Both Express Entry (83 per cent) and non-Express Entry (85 per cent) immigrants said their income increased between their first job and the job they had at the time of the survey.
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