One major impact of the pandemic on the labour market of Manitoba, a popular destination of Canada immigrants to settle in, was the increased demand for certain occupations.
Graphic designers and illustrators on demand
An important occupation among these is graphic designers and illustrators that comes under National Occupation Classification code 5241. Compared to April 2019, the employment of graphic designers and illustrators increased by 114 per cent in April 2020. What graphic designers and illustrators mainly do is to conceptualize and produce graphic art for packaging, advertising, films and other media. Manitoba saw a surge in the demand for graphic designers despite the fact that retailers reduced their spending on advertisements owing to the pandemic. It can be attributed to the fact that online platforms became more active as more and more retailers shifted their operations online.
High demand for computer network technicians
Another occupation that had an increased demand in Manitoba during the pandemic period was computer network technicians. Employment for computer network technician job was 75 per cent higher in April 2020 compared to April 2019. A major reason for the rise in demand was more businesses resorting to remote work. As remote work has become more or less the norm, it is highly likely that this occupation would continue to remain in demand. What computer network technicians mainly do is to establish, operate, maintain and coordinate the use of local and wide area network as well as hardware, software and other computer equipment.
Home support workers and housekeepers
Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations classified under NOC 4412 also witnessed a rise in demand in Manitoba. Home support workers are those who provide care for senior persons, people with disabilities and others. Home support workers often stay with their clients. Housekeepers are entrusted with the task of housekeeping and home management. The demand for these occupations was 87 per cent higher in April 2020 compared to April 2019. It is likely that the demand for these occupations would remain high as elderly people would prefer to live at home instead of moving to a caregiving facility where there is a higher chance of contracting COVID-19 virus.
Cleaning supervisors, delivery and courier service drivers, insurance agents and brokers, shippers and receivers and material handlers are the other major occupations which increased in demand in Manitoba during the pandemic period.
If you have skilled work experience in one of these in-demand occupations, you may migrate to Canada through the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. However, as a first step, what you can do is to create an Express Entry profile, which will open up several options for migrating to Canada. For the best assistance, you may connect with CanApprove. Contact us now!