Canada needs IT workers

Old Oct 25th 2008, 9:11 pm
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Canada needs IT workers

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Old Oct 26th 2008, 8:53 am
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Try telling Canadian employers that. I've got 17 years experience, a degree etc and still I'm going to have to take a minimum wage job in a shop as the IT arena is a closed door to non-Canadians here.
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What they say and what they do are completely different. I agree with the previous poster, jobs are closed to foreign IT workers My hubby tried to get an IT job over there for a couple of years with no luck.
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Old Oct 26th 2008, 9:01 am
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Inspite of never having worked in Canada, I found 2 good contracts but my recruiters could not arrange a visa.
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Originally Posted by Craftybanshee
What they say and what they do are completely different. I agree with the previous poster, jobs are closed to foreign IT workers My hubby tried to get an IT job over there for a couple of years with no luck.
How come? I am just asking because I work in IT (albeit a very, very specialised area) and have found a job in Canada.

What is it that closes it out for foreigners in your experience?
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I'll be in calgary in dec, but no idea what childcare will be like - and i'll be looking for IT work. i've got 20 years support experience in IT.. fingers crossed!
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Yes, Canada needs IT workers who are already PR.From my personal experience its hard to find employer willing to offer jobs to non-PR people even though IT jobs are exempted from LMO. Atleast not the big IT employers, specially the banks.
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The problem with most of the banks is that they want you to have the Canadian Securities Qualification , not your PR status.
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Originally Posted by PaulandNikki
Try telling Canadian employers that. I've got 17 years experience, a degree etc and still I'm going to have to take a minimum wage job in a shop as the IT arena is a closed door to non-Canadians here.
Not in the City where I live. We had to recruit a DBA from London, England because of a severe local skills shortage. He was the first and a few more have since followed.

Computers are the same the world over, what difference does it make if your not Canadian? It doesn't make sense?
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Originally Posted by sbhusan
Yes, Canada needs IT workers who are already PR.From my personal experience its hard to find employer willing to offer jobs to non-PR people even though IT jobs are exempted from LMO. Atleast not the big IT employers, specially the banks.
Similar to USA, Canada is a multi-racial soceity. But, UNLIKE AMERICA, there is no concept of specialisation in Canada - being a EXTREMELY SOCIALIST country, anyone who call himself a specialist will be arrested by the socialist police.

The average salary of an IT pro in America is 125K and specialists contracting at top $ rate can earn 200K or more.

It is hard to reach even 100K in Canada. It is and will always remain a socialist country.

Canada - definitely not for the IT Specialists and Subject Matter Experts.
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Originally Posted by msi geek

Canada - definitely not for the IT Specialists and Subject Matter Experts.
That is exactly the reason why I am being hired, because I am a specialist which has a skill set that is nearly impossible to find in Canada. I would assume that this is something that applies to any industry. A simple matter of demand for a specific need that cannot be filled locally.
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Default Re: Canada needs IT workers

My OH is currently interviewing for an IT position for a large company in SW Ontario. They know his visa status, and there have been others on expats gone to work there. However, he too has a very specialist set of skills as an Oracle DBA 10 yrs +, plus science degree and PhD, some of which required for the post.

The job was advertised in May and he was contacted in July, so I think they must have left a window for more local applicants.

He had previously been contacted though by other employers to no success without the PR. He's currently in banking and applied for a number of jobs with Toronto based banks, but too, got no response. It probably depends on a company's experience of the recruitment and visa process, whether they have a large HR function to do the visa app..... together with what's happened to previous people hired from abroad - whether they stayed.
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I have been in discussions with two Canadian companies for IT work and both have been positive. In fact the biggest one says they have hired many people from the UK, offering work permits.

I also have heard that finding IT work is difficult but I luckily also work in a specialist area which is currently booming. I guess other areas have enough Candians to fill the jobs.
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Originally Posted by PaulandNikki
Try telling Canadian employers that. I've got 17 years experience, a degree etc and still I'm going to have to take a minimum wage job in a shop as the IT arena is a closed door to non-Canadians here.

My husband works in IT and had no real problems finding a job. In fact he is now earning more than he did in the UK by quite a large margin.
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Default Re: Canada needs IT workers

Originally Posted by LotteW
My husband works in IT and had no real problems finding a job. In fact he is now earning more than he did in the UK by quite a large margin.
What does he do? Oracle DBA? Linux Admin?

I am in IT too (Systems Analyst) and hoping to find a job in Alberta (Calgary area, but I prefer a small town If I have a choice), when I get my PR in a year.

Thanks.
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