At JobArc, we have anecdotally seen the differences between the US and Canadian tech industries. For this blog entry, we went searching for hard evidence to back up our assumptions. It’s surprisingly difficult to find comparable statistics across the two countries. We suspect the reasons are:
I found that Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has done a good job of using the same methodology across countries.
So, now that we have comparable data, what did we find?
Canada punches above its weight on tech employment numbers with 1.7M net tech employees (that is, technical jobs at a technical company). This compares to 12.1M in the USA. This amounts to 8.5% of the Canadian workforce and 7.7% of the American workforce.
The tech sector amounts to 4.7% of the Canadian economy but 10% of the American economy. We can infer that some giant US tech companies have been wildly successful and that this has driven up wages.