Canada sees shortage in healthcare IT workers

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If you’re a skilled health IT worker looking for opportunities, perhaps you should consider heading north. CNC Global, a recruitment firm based in Toronto, claims it has had its second strongest quarter in its 25-year history due primarily to competition for workers in Canada’s IT labor market.

“The growth in IT hiring is something we’ve been telling our customers about for the past 18 months,” said Terry Power, CNC Global’s president, in a released report from the firm. “Now we’re starting to hear about shortages, especially at the senior and highly skilled levels.”

The firm specifically saw a 20 percent jump health IT-related positions opening with clients last year, according to a related editorial.

Overall, demand for IT professionals across Canada went up 17 percent in Q2 2006. Throughout the first half of 2006, requirements rose 21 percent compared to the same period in 2005, and were up 50 percent compared to the previous 24 months, CNC Global said in a report.