A couple weeks ago, Cameron McCallum shared a snapshot of the Edmonton Job Market. As we all enjoy the warm Alberta summer, it's the perfect time to look ahead at the market trends gaining momentum into Fall 2019.
"In-Demand" skillsets are Eagle's measure of job roles projected to be required by "70% of our Edmonton-based mid-to-enterprise-sized clients within the next 3 months". It also functions as a good indicator of where we are in the software development lifecycle (SDLC). With the popularity of PM/BA, and particularly OCM skillsets, it's clear we are in early stages of some large-scale capital projects. The demand for Developers or Quality Assurance professionals will intensify in late Fall as these projects spin up.
September will be heavily focused on three "R"s - replacing, retiring, or redesigning legacy applications in favor of something cloud-enabled, consolidating existing apps, or enhancing an application for better functionality. Why the Windows Server admins? Because the legacy on-prem hardware is going through a refresh cycle, and some of it makes more sense to virtualize or migrate to the cloud to support the new systems.
Trending IT Projects
As a candidate, here are the key projects that should be highlighted on a resume to ensure you are aligned with what mid-sized to enterprise Edmonton-based companies are targeting. If you are a hiring manager with one of these projects in your care, there will be increased competition for strong candidates. Now is a good time to extend the people you have!
IT Employment Across Canada
Alberta continues to suffer with a high unemployment rate, but that is not the case for Information Technology. In practice, resource availability in IT within Alberta is tight with most candidates leaving "Company A" to take a role at "Company B" vs. being out of a job.
Fun Fact: In 2017, 1 out of 20 of our Edmonton clients would accept remote workers on IT projects. Today, that number has increased to 1 out of 10. Why? Better collaboration technology (O365/Cloud-enabled apps) is available, and companies have a need to expand beyond the local market to gain access to markets with a greater concentration of IT workers. The market outlook in Edmonton remains strong in Fall 2019. Please connect with me if you'd like to learn more!