If you work in the construction industry then you will know better than most just how volatile the nature of 'boom and bust' economics can be. When the going is good and the economic outlook is positive, construction can be a very lucrative industry to be involved in. However, when recessions loom and purse strings get tightened, building projects can come to a standstill pretty much overnight.
Although the UK's fortunes appear to be picking up – both in terms of construction and the economic outlook as a whole – finding consistent work in this industry is still a challenge for some. If this sounds more than a little familiar to you then now may well be the time for you to seek out construction vacancies beyond the UK's shores and take advantage of opportunities available in Canada.
The Canadian Dream
Many financial experts and leading think tanks congratulated Canada on the way it dealt with the global financial meltdown which followed the banking crisis of 2008. Indeed, being both prudent and swift to react to the crisis-enabled Canada to avoid some of the more significant ill effects which beset the American, European and British economies.
As a consequence, Canada now has a far more stable and prosperous economy than most other developed countries. This means that job opportunities – especially for qualified construction professionals – are plentiful.
However, the fact that Canada's population is relatively small (there are nearly twice as many people in the UK) means that Canadian construction companies often find it hard to recruit enough workers to fill the wealth of vacancies they have.
Therefore, a clear and potentially very lucrative picture starts to emerge: Canada has a demand for workers whilst the UK has a surplus of them.
An example – Alberta province
The oil rich Canadian province of Alberta has a booming economy. The Calgary Economic Development (CED) - a government agency dedicated to supporting the economy in the region believes that 114,000 additional trades positions will need to be filled by firms of all sizes across the province by 2021.
With too few Canadians available to fill all these extra jobs, CED is now looking across the Atlantic for solutions. In fact, the appetite for skilled labour from the UK and Ireland is so great that CED now sends delegations of Alberta companies on trans-Atlantic recruitment drives twice a year.
With a jobless rate of just 4.3% in Alberta, compared with 7.6% in the UK (and 13.3% in the Republic of Ireland), it is safe to say that the construction industry in Alberta (and also British Columbia to some extent) makes this part of the world very much an employees' market right now.
So what are you waiting for? If you are a skilled worker who is looking to make good money in a beautiful, prosperous and rewarding part of the world, now is the perfect time to be heading west.
Perhaps the final word should go to someone who has made the move for themselves. Adrian Wallace, an Irish construction worker who took the opportunity to head west when work dried up at home had this to say:
“Canada's a great country and such a rich part of the world. There's so much work here, it's unbelievable.”