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15 jobs small businesses need to fill right now, according to Indeed Canada

Over 55 per cent of sushi chef jobs have been up on Indeed Canada's website for more than 60 days.
Over 55 per cent of sushi chef jobs have been up on Indeed Canada's website for more than 60 days. Paul Bernhardt

When applying for jobs, many of us tend to gravitate towards the big-name companies we’ve come to know and trust. By doing that, however, not only are you battling intense competition from other job seekers, but you may be neglecting a sector of the working world and missing out on ample career opportunities.

Enter Canada’s small business sector. Don’t let the word “small” fool you though, because the hiring opportunities these types of businesses have right now are big – and they’re looking for talent now, job searching website Indeed Canada says.

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“There are many diverse opportunities for job seekers in this sector and for this reason job seekers should definitely consider working for a small business in Canada,” Jodi Kasten, managing director at Indeed Canada, says. “Working for a small business offers you a unique opportunity to seek different responsibilities that can help develop your skills. Or if you’re just starting your career, working for a small business can teach you the valuable skills you need to start and navigate a career.”

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Another big draw can be the work culture, Kasten adds, as well as the convenience factor. She says you’re likely having to avoid a long commute by choosing to work for a local small business as well.

According to the government of Canada’s Key Small Business Statistics report, as of 2015 Canadian small businesses employ almost 71 per cent of the total private labour force in Canada.

But jobs in these sectors struggle to find talent and fill positions, Kasten says.

“This can be for a variety of reasons: either employers aren’t finding the talent they need or that they’re hiring multiple people into the roles,” she says. “This speaks to the demand out there and the opportunity job seekers have to find employment in the small business sector.”

Recruiting, she adds, is a challenge for businesses of all sizes, but there are unique challenges that small businesses face.

First, they may not have a human resources person or department. Many times, she says, it’s the owners themselves doing the hiring.

Second, good employees are hard to find and the hardest employees to find are often most expensive to lose, Kasten says.

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So to see what jobs are out there that are most in demand now, Indeed compiled a list of diverse postings that are currently seeing a surge in popularity.

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The jobs on this list range from entry level to roles that require more education, so there is a wide range of opportunity for varying skill levels, Kasten says.

Here are the top 15 jobs Kasten and Indeed Canada found, and how long these jobs have been posted.

1. Landscape designer

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 64 per cent

Average salary: $22.25/hour

2. Sushi chef

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 56 per cent

Average salary: $17.23/hour

3. Piano teacher

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 55 per cent

Average salary: $25.12/hour

4. Hairstylist

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 53 per cent

Average salary: $14.44/hour

5. Tire technician

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 52 per cent

Average salary: $15.69/hour

6. Roofer

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 52 per cent

Average salary: $25.71/hour

7. Pizza cook

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 52 per cent

Average salary: $13.27/hour

8. HVAC installer

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 51 per cent

Average salary: $26.45/hour

9. Pet groomer

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 50 per cent

Average salary: $14.78/hour

10. Seamstress

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 49 per cent

Average salary: $14.65/hour

11. Occupational therapist

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 49 per cent

Average salary: $34.60/hour

12. Security engineer

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 48 per cent

Average salary: $79,517/year

13. Audiovisual technician

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 48 per cent

Average salary: $21.66/hour

14. Lube technician

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 48 per cent

Average salary: $14.63/hour

15. Electronics technician

Percentage open longer than 60 days: 47 per cent

Average salary: $17.80/hour

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