If you’re among those trying to decide on options for a new career, here is a report that may provide some guidance on which sectors are hot right now and which are not.
It is the monthly assessment by StatsCan of what payrolls and industry groupings are doing here and across the country.
One trend we saw during the summer was fewer people on payrolls. There were about 2,000 fewer employees in August, for example. That doesn’t mean 2,000 fewer people are working but they have shifted from a regular payroll or T4 position with an employer — probably into self-employment where they are the owner, rather than a worker.
Among the sectors bucking that trend across the country are finance and insurance, health care and social assistance and arts and entertainment. Public administration was the biggest gainer. They were adding employees in the August report while industries losing employees accounted for just about every other field: from retail and restaurants to construction and manufacturing.
The average weekly wage in Saskatchewan in August was $1,168 — in the middle of the pack nationally.