If you were to ask most employees, they would probably agree that they deserve to be paid a little more. There are also many other jobs that are legitimately underpaid for the amount, type, or quality of work they do.

As you are probably well aware, there are hiring shortages across many different top industries. There are a lot of reasons people contribute to this situation—the pandemic, the great resignation, worker fatigue, and reduced immigration. While these may be contributing factors, there is another often forgotten factor—compensation.

hiring shortages in 2022

Salary often gets left out of the conversation these days about a reason why companies are struggling to hire. It is also a reason companies have challenges keeping good employees. With the assistance of our recruiters, we have created a list of jobs that are suffering hiring shortages due to inadequate pay.


Canadian Industries With the Biggest Labour Shortage

There is no doubt that the pandemic has been a big factor in the current labour shortage. But companies that have been agile and have a business model to allow people to work from home have had job growth. These industries include finance, insurance, real estate and digital business.

Companies that struggle to find workers typically require workers to remain onsite. Here are some of the industries with the biggest labour shortages:

  • Food services
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation and trucking
  • Construction
  • Retail

Jobs With the Largest Number of Vacancies

As you can see with the list below, many of the industries struggling to attract people have positions that are known for having underpaid jobs. These jobs have also been impacted by the pandemic. These positions have become even more important. There is increased demand and pressure on people in these jobs, a reason for employers to consider increasing compensation for these positions.

Here are some jobs that are known for being underpaid and in high demand:

  1. Waiters
  2. Nurses
  3. Nursing assistant
  4. Medical assistants
  5. EMTs and paramedics
  6. Bus drivers
  7. Truck drivers
  8. Customer service representatives
  9. Food service workers
  10. Java developers
  11. Software developer or engineers
  12. Marketing managers
  13. UX designers
  14. Network engineers
  15. Banking professionals

Read More About the Impact of Salary on Recruiting

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Steven Petroff Legal Recruiter

Steven Petroff

As a member of both our Accounting and Legal practices, Steven specializes in the recruitment of lawyers, law clerks, accountants, and investment advisors across a number of industries. Steven supports a large network of candidates as a LinkedIn Profile Expert and Career Coach.

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