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    Job vacancies in Québec in the third quarter of 2022: significant increase in the health care sector and decrease in accommodation and food services

    Notice of release

    Québec, December 21, 2022. – In the third quarter of 2022, there were approximately 244,000 job vacancies in Québec (non-seasonally adjusted data), a number that is comparable to the same quarter of 2021. However, there were significant increases in the following categories:

    • Jobs that require post-secondary education (about 11,000, +16%) and full-time jobs (about 11,000, +6%);
    • Jobs vacant for 120 days or more (14,000, +16%);
    • Jobs that require no experience (10,000, +8%); and
    • Jobs in the health care and social assistance industry (14,000, +38%). This increase brings the number of job vacancies in this industry to nearly 50,000.

    Job vacancy rate

    The job vacancy rate in Québec, meaning the number of job vacancies expressed as a percentage of labour demand, stood at 6.0% in the third quarter of 2022, the same rate as that recorded a year earlier.

    In the health care and social assistance industry, the job vacancy rate rose from 6.2% in the third quarter of 2021 to 8.3% in the third quarter of 2022. In the accommodation and food services industry, this rate declined from 13.9% to 10.2%.

    Increased wages in vacant positions

    Between the third quarter of 2021 and the third quarter of 2022, the hourly wage offered for all vacant positions rose by 10% (compared to 7% for inflation) to $23.69. In comparison, the average hourly wage for all employees in Québec, as measured by the Labour Force Survey, increased by about 7.1% to $30.79.

    Several categories of vacancies saw their hourly wage increase by more than 10% between the two quarters compared, including:

    • Part-time jobs (+12%);
    • Jobs without constant recruitment or requiring no experience (+12%);
    • Predominantly female jobs (+13%);
    • Jobs in educational services (+13%);
    • Jobs in finance and insurance and in real estate and rental and leasing (+13%); and
    • Jobs in arts, entertainment and recreation (+14%).

    Job vacancies in Québec’s regions

    The highest job vacancy rates were observed in the Capitale-Nationale and Estrie regions (7.1%) and in the Laurentides region (6.7%). The lowest rate was recorded in Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine (4.3%). Lanaudière was the only region that saw its job vacancy rate decline over the period, from 6.6% to 5.1%.


    Read the short analysis on job vacancies in the third quarter of 2022 (in French only)

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