More than 100 000 Canadians were left worried about the future following the country’s worst job losses since 2009. However, not all statistics were dismal – and e-commerce could help improve things.
According to Statistics Canada, the loss of 137 000 part-time jobs in January this year was the worst drop seen in the space of a month since the 2009 recession. This effective collapse of the market brought the country’s longest run of gains since 2000 to an end.
Ontario In the Lead
As far as the country’s provinces go, Ontario was the worst hit by the job losses, which began shortly after the province raised minimum wages by 20%. The weather during that month did not help the situation, as it caused chaos in the transportation and construction industries, with the former having seen 5 900 jobs lost, and the latter 14 900 jobs lost.
Altogether, the province lost approximately 50 900 jobs, all of which were part-time. According to Douglas Porter, chief economist for BMO, the sectors worst hit by the job market collapse were wholesale trade and retail. However, he added that there was not necessarily a direct link between the minimum wage increase and the loss of jobs in the Canadian province.
Hope Found Online
It is not all bad news for Canadians. The country’s e-commerce sector is growing, and a growing sector means a growing demand for full-time and part-time staff.
While the country was initially slow to embrace e-commerce, things have changed. By next year, more than 10% of the country’s retail spending will happen online. The retail sector could soon more than make up for January’s job losses, which would be good news for the transport industry.
Online and mobile gaming is another e-commerce industry that is booming. From online casino sites to casual, social game design and development, the industry’s growth means the continued creation of employment opportunities.
More than that, e-commerce being web-based means job-seekers are not necessarily limited by borders. Freelance resource websites can help connect job-seekers with prospective employers around the world. Working for off-shore clients is made even easier with e-wallets that allow for fast, secure payments.
e-Commerce Job Tips
e-Commerce is an area that offers countless job opportunities to Canadians. Among the skills in high demand are graphic and web design and IT, content creation and search engine optimisation, accounts and processing of payments, customer service, and marketing and public relations are just some of the jobs that are advertised on a regular basis.
The so-called Gig Economy is a mobile one that lends itself to freelancing, which usually allows employees to work out of the office, in their own time, on specific projects.
Tips for finding e-Commerce freelance jobs:
- Remember that experience often trumps qualifications, and do not be afraid to promote yourself.
- Consider using networking and social media platforms such as groups and pages on Facebook, profiles on LinkedIn, and online freelance marketplaces to find prospective employment.
It is clear that the world of e-Commerce is growing all the time and it gives hope to Canadians who have been hit by declining job market. Now, finding employment simply requires a shift in mind set and a little bit of out-the-box thinking.