Job outlook Manager, Human Resources in Canada

People working as a manager, human resources have different job prospects depending on where they work in Canada. Find out what the future holds for them in your province or territory. These outlooks are applicable to all Human resources managers (NOC 0112).

Job opportunities over the next 3 years

Explore future job prospects by province and territory.

Location Job outlook
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
Prince Edward Island Fair
Nova Scotia Fair
New Brunswick Good
Quebec Good
Ontario Fair
Manitoba Limited
Saskatchewan Limited
Alberta Limited
British Columbia Fair
Yukon Territory Fair
Northwest Territories Fair
Nunavut Undetermined
Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

Take a closer look at the projected labour demand and supply for this occupation over the 2017-2026 period. For more information on future job trends, go to the Canadian Occupational Projections System.


BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2017-2026 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.
Employment in 2016
Median age of workers in 2016
Average retirement age in 2016

Detailed analysis

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2017-2026) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2017-2026. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2014-2016 period, employment in this occupational group decreased. The average hourly wage for this occupational group, in real terms, slightly declined as well over the period of interest. However, the unemployment rate stayed relatively stable at 3.5% in 2016, well below the national average of 7.0%, but very close to its ten year historical average. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2014-2016 period.

For Human resources managers, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 15,600, while 14,700 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2017-2026 period, the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years is expected to continue over the projection period. Most job openings are expected to arise from retirements, while the retirement rate is expected to be higher than the average for all occupations. Indeed, since several years of labour market experience are generally required to occupy a management position, workers in this occupation are typically older than the average for all occupations, and they also tend to retire earlier in their careers. Economic growth (expansion demand) is projected to represent a significant source of job openings over the 2017-2026 period, with a growth rate higher than the average for all occupations. Sustained economic growth, as well as the high retirement rate in the labour market, will cause labour constraints in many occupations over the 2017-2026 period as there will be a greater and greater need to replace the retiring workforce as well as fill the newly created jobs. This will encourage growth in many occupations related to human resources, including managers. With regard to labour supply, job seekers are expected to come mostly from other occupations. Human resources workers who have considerable experience as well as solid management skills will be good candidates to become human resources managers. Few job seekers are expected to be school leavers. Most of them will have completed graduate studies in business, or will be experienced workers who had returned to school to improve their skills, in particular to complete a management training program (MBA). A relatively small number of new immigrants are also expected to seek employment in this occupation.

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