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An Analysis of the Canadian Information Techology Labour Market

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  • Nicole Haggerty
  • Scott Schneberger

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Applied information technology (IT) is credited with ushering in a new era - the information era - delivered by specialized information technology labour. In spite of industry reports of information technology labour market shortages over the past 15 years, some Canadian government reports give no evidence of an IT labour shortage now or in the near future. This paper examines these conflicting reports by discussing them in the context of labour economic theory. The results support the notion of a national IT labour shortage relative to the general Canadian labour market and they highlight deficiencies in IT labour market information. Policy implications of the findings are discussed.

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  • Nicole Haggerty & Scott Schneberger, 2000. "An Analysis of the Canadian Information Techology Labour Market," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 26(4), pages 461-475, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:26:y:2000:i:4:p:461-475
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    1. Gera, S & Masse, P, 1996. "Employment Performance in the Knowledge-Based Economy," Gouvernement du Canada - Industrial Organization 14, Gouvernement du Canada - Industry Canada.
    2. Weber, C.L. & Phillip, A., 1995. "Computer Professionals in Canada: A Survey of Supply and Demand," Papers 18, Queen's at Kingston - Sch. of Indus. Relat. Current Issues Series.
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