How's the job market for IT?

Old Jan 9th 2003, 8:28 am
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Hi folks,

How's the job market for IT folks in Canada? What skills are in demand if any? Typically, how long does it take for a software developer with a few years of experience (Java, C++, VB, Oracle) to find a job?

Any comments, insights will be helpful and appreciated.

thanks,
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Old Jan 9th 2003, 9:42 am
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about 9 months. See threads in this group over the past few days/weeks.

Tim

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    > Hi folks,
    > How's the job market for IT folks in Canada? What skills are in demand
    > if any? Typically, how long does it take for a software developer with
    > a few years of experience (Java, C++, VB, Oracle) to find a job?
    > Any comments, insights will be helpful and appreciated.
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Old Jan 9th 2003, 10:08 am
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IT market is slow globally - Canada is not an exception.
In the booming days - immigrants would find jobs in 1-3 months, with all the
layoffs and qualified Canadians available - the timing is very similar to
what Tim has described below or could be worse (based on city/market
conditions)
IT market is not expected to pick up before 2004 at the earliest - based on
what happens in US as Canadian economy follows US by two qtrs.
Good Luck.

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    > Hi folks,
    > How's the job market for IT folks in Canada? What skills are in demand
    > if any? Typically, how long does it take for a software developer with
    > a few years of experience (Java, C++, VB, Oracle) to find a job?
    > Any comments, insights will be helpful and appreciated.
    > thanks,
    > Vasantha
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Old Jan 9th 2003, 10:13 am
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Right now, Canada is bubbling with unemployed IT people

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    > Hi folks,
    > How's the job market for IT folks in Canada? What skills are in demand
    > if any? Typically, how long does it take for a software developer with
    > a few years of experience (Java, C++, VB, Oracle) to find a job?
    > Any comments, insights will be helpful and appreciated.
    > thanks,
    > Vasantha
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Old Jan 9th 2003, 11:50 am
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IT market is slow globally - Canada is not an exception.
In the booming days - immigrants would find jobs in 1-3 months, with all the
layoffs and qualified Canadians available - the timing is very similar to
what Tim has described below or could be worse (based on city/market
conditions)
IT market is not expected to pick up before 2004 at the earliest - based on
what happens in US as Canadian economy follows US by two qtrs.
Good Luck.

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    > Hi folks,
    > How's the job market for IT folks in Canada? What skills are in demand
    > if any? Typically, how long does it take for a software developer with
    > a few years of experience (Java, C++, VB, Oracle) to find a job?
    > Any comments, insights will be helpful and appreciated.
    > thanks,
    > Vasantha
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    > Posted via http://britishexpats.com
 
Old Jan 9th 2003, 1:45 pm
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On Thu, 09 Jan 2003 21:28:53 +0000, Vasantha wrote:

    >
    > Hi folks,
    >
    > How's the job market for IT folks in Canada? What skills are in demand
    > if any? Typically, how long does it take for a software developer with
    > a few years of experience (Java, C++, VB, Oracle) to find a job?
    >
    > Any comments, insights will be helpful and appreciated.
    >
    > thanks,
    > Vasantha
    >
    > --
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It is not promising. If you have a good job in India( I guess you are in
India) please stick to it. Come here when things are better( not any time
now). The only problem will be if you have already got the PR then you
have to come before it expires. I would not advise now. The weather is
also horrible (-10 to -20C)

Hope it helps you make a decision.

Regards

Kapoor
 
Old Jan 10th 2003, 6:14 am
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Vasantha,

Not good at the current moment. I was out of a job for 5 months from May to
October, and I didn't get a single interview. go to google groups and search
under my name under misc.immigration.canada, and you will see a thread where
several people spoke up about the situation.

The bottom line is this: Unless you come here as a visitor/student, its not
a good time to come here..

Cheers!
Narayan.

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    > Hi folks,
    > How's the job market for IT folks in Canada? What skills are in demand
    > if any? Typically, how long does it take for a software developer with
    > a few years of experience (Java, C++, VB, Oracle) to find a job?
    > Any comments, insights will be helpful and appreciated.
    > thanks,
    > Vasantha
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Old Jan 11th 2003, 3:29 am
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Hi Vasantha

I would say the IT market is about as bad as it could be and it is not
looking any good for in the near future. Although there are a few
bright spots like IT Security or CRM - they are few and far in
between. Even for the positions advertised there are hundreds , if not
thousands, of applicants to some of the positions here. I personally
know a Indian engineer, who did his MS from Stanford Univ. and has
been unemployed for the last 1 year and still looking...

This is definitely not a good time to be immigrating to Canada unless
you have a good financial cushion to fallback on.

Good luck!
 
Old Jan 13th 2003, 7:53 am
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Thanks for all the information folks. I hope better days will come for all the IT engineers in Canada (and around).

- Vasantha
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Old Jan 13th 2003, 5:07 pm
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Hi Vasantha,

I think the trend is less nowadays. But surely it will pick up by Apr-2004.
If you apply now, It is the better time, because it takes 2 yrs for the
complete processing.

Regards
Vasanth

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    > Thanks for all the information folks. I hope better days will come for
    > all the IT engineers in Canada (and around).
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    > - Vasantha
 
Old Jan 14th 2003, 8:57 pm
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How do people survive being out of job for 8-10 months???

If the situation is so horrible, why do people immigrate to Canada???
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Old Jan 17th 2003, 8:05 pm
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    > How do people survive being out of job for 8-10 months???

You spend your savings & the profit you made on the sale of your property
(if any).

    > If the situation is so horrible, why do people immigrate to Canada???

Because it's supposed to offer better quality of life.
See thread under "Job market & Canadian immigration policy"






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Old Jan 18th 2003, 3:21 am
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Actually, many people immigrate here (especially from E. Europe or
middle-east) because their lives are far worse over there. But many
can come here because they have sufficient savings or a financial
cushion to fallback on, or have a family/friends' network to rely on
to support them through the initial period.
 

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