Did you know the tech sector now employs more British Columbians than the forestry, mining, and oil and gas sectors combined?
According to the BCTIA it’s true and companies in B.C. expect to generate at least another 3,000 new jobs this year, up more than 5 per cent from the year before. And the biggest demand will be for software and hardware engineers, customer support staff, and sales and marketing staff – which doesn’t come as a surprise considering the recent activity on the Techvibes Job Board.
The 2012 BCTIA TechTalentBC survey, a bi-annual study of B.C. technology companies, shows that respondents grew their number of employees by more than 12 per cent between September 2010 and September 2011. Those same companies predict a need for at least 3,000 and potentially as many as 4,000 new employees between now and September 2012.
According to the survey, there are more than 8,000 companies in the B.C. technology sector, and more than 16,000 sole entrepreneurs. Over 80,000 people work in the sector, which has created more than 20,000 jobs during the past decade.