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Competition for tech workers in Canada heats up, multiple companies hiring

Exterior rendering of Amazon's new building at The Post

The competition for trained tech workers in Canada is intensifying as several large companies have made hiring announcements in recent weeks.

Amazon announced plans to hire 1,800 new corporate and technology employees at its Canadian offices this year, including for its tech hubs in Vancouver and Toronto.

More than 1,000 positions are currently open at amazon.jobs for a variety of positions including software development managers, senior software development managers, software development engineers, program managers and sales and marketing executives.

“Amazon is proud to create good jobs that provide opportunities for employees to develop new skills and grow their careers while innovating on behalf of customers,” said Jesse Dougherty, vice president of application integration at Amazon Web Services and the Vancouver site lead, in a statement.

This is in addition to Amazon’s announcement last fall that it plans to add 3,500 corporate and tech office positions in Canada, 3,000 of which will be in Vancouver. Amazon is the sole tenant of a new 1.1 million square foot office space being built at The Post, the former Canada Post building in downtown Vancouver. Slated for completion in 2023, The Post, which will be the company’s largest office location in the city centre, will employ at least 6,000 office positions.

Global IT giant Mphasis Ltd., which provides IT outsourcing services, recently announced its plan to create 500 to 1,000 jobs in Calgary in the next two to three years. Shopify, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Pinterest have all also announced hiring plans in Canada this year.

University Canada West’s Career Development Centre helps prepare UCW students and alumni to enter the working world with their best foot forward.

Career Development Specialists can help students with resumés and cover letters, interviewing techniques, career exploration, job search techniques and personal branding on social media and LinkedIn. The Centre also offers networking and other employment-related workshops, employer info sessions, business social networking and internship resources, scholarships, volunteer expos and job fairs.

 

Image credit: Canada Post office development/Quadreal

Published on July 8, 2021.