Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Monday, November 26, 2007

What do you really value?

Book review: rewriting your life story

Should One Advise a Client to Use a Recruiter?

I suspect that one's advice should depend partly on whether the client is in an occupation for which recruiters advertise. For instance, if a client is in an occupation in the NOC category 'Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations' (of the kind represented in the Job Bank) then perhaps they need not bother to look for a recruiter that works in this area because there is evidence to show that most of the advertisements are placed directly by employers. On the other hand, vacancies in some of the occupations included in 'Creative and performing artists' are usually processed by recruiters and vacancies in other occupations n the same NOC category are rarely processed by recruiters.


We have calculated the percentages of times that the advertisements on the Job Bank for each NOC occupation mention a placement agency. The advertisements span the past seven months or so for Hamilton, Brantford and Niagara, and include a fairly large, fairly recent admixture of jobs from 'Peel, Halton, Dufferin and area' and a considerably smaller one from 'Peterborough and the Kawarthas.' The results are summarised here. If you wish more detailed information, for the individual NOC codes, then please write to request them from me.


I find the jobs represented at around the 50% mark interesting. These results would appear to imply that someone in 'Managers in manufacturing and utilities,' say, might be best advised to hedge. They should expend some effort with recruiting agencies, and some answering the individual advertisements placed by employers.


I would appreciate any thoughts about this information that you might have.



0 %


001 Legislators and senior management
031 Managers in health, education, social and community services
041 Managers in public administration
051 Managers in art, culture, recreation and sport
063 Managers in food service and accommodation
065 Managers in other services
071 Managers in construction and transportation
081 Managers in primary production (except agriculture)
111 Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
112 Human resources and business service professionals
121 Clerical supervisors
142 Office equipment operators
145 Library, correspondence and related information clerks
146 Mail and message distribution occupations
214 Other engineers
215 Architects, urban planners and land surveyors
216 Mathematicians, statisticians and actuaries
221 Technical occupations in physical sciences
222 Technical occupations in life sciences
225 Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying and mapping
227 Transportation officers and controllers
228 Technical occupations in computer and information systems
312 Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating professionals
314 Therapy and assessment professionals
315 Nurse supervisors and registered nurses
321 Medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
322 Technical occupations in dental health care
323 Other technical occupations in health care (except dental)
341 Assisting occupations in support of health services
412 University professors and assistants
414 Secondary and elementary school teachers and educational counsellors
415 Psychologists, social workers, counsellors, clergy and probation officers
416 Policy and program officers, researchers and consultants
421 Paralegals, social services workers and occupations in education and religion, n.e.c.
512 Writing, translating and public relations professionals
513 Creative and performing artists
521 Technical occupations in libraries, archives, museums and art galleries
522 Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
523 Announcers and other performers
524 Creative designers and craftspersons
525 Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations
621 Sales and service supervisors
623 Insurance and real estate sales occupations and buyers
624 Chefs and cooks
625 Butchers and bakers, retail and wholesale
626 Police officers and fire-fighters
627 Technical occupations in personal service
644 Tour and recreational guides and casino occupations
646 Other occupations in protective service
647 Childcare and home support workers
648 Other occupations in personal service
667 Other occupations in travel, accommodation, amusement and recreation
668 Other elemental service occupations
721 Contractors and supervisors, trades and related workers
724 Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
726 Metal forming, shaping and erecting trades
728 Masonry and plastering trades
729 Other construction trades
731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)
733 Other mechanics
737 Crane operators, drillers and blasters
738 Printing press operators, commercial divers and other trades and related occupations, n.e.c.
741 Motor vehicle and transit drivers
743 Other transport equipment operators and related workers
744 Other installers, repairers and servicers
745 Longshore workers and material handlers
821 Supervisors, logging and forestry
824 Logging machinery operators
825 Contractors, operators and supervisors in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture
841 Mine service workers and operators in oil and gas drilling
842 Logging and forestry workers
861 Primary production labourers
922 Supervisors, assembly and fabrication
923 Central control and process operators in manufacturing and processing
941 Machine operators and related workers in metal and mineral products processing
942 Machine operators and related workers in chemical, plastic and rubber processing
943 Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing
944 Machine operators and related workers in textile processing
946 Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and tobacco processing
947 Printing machine operators and related occupations
949 Other assembly and related occupations
951 Machining, metalworking, woodworking and related machine operators
961 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

0 - 10 %


011 Administrative services managers
012 Managers in financial and business services
062 Managers in retail trade
122 Administrative and regulatory occupations
123 Finance and insurance administrative occupations
143 Finance and insurance clerks
144 Administrative support clerks
222 Technical occupations in life sciences
226 Other technical inspectors and regulatory officers
323 Other technical occupations in health care (except dental)
341 Assisting occupations in support of health services
413 College and other vocational instructors
414 Secondary and elementary school teachers and educational counsellors
421 Paralegals, social services workers and occupations in education and religion, n.e.c.
525 Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations
621 Sales and service supervisors
623 Insurance and real estate sales occupations and buyers
641 Sales representatives, wholesale trade
642 Retail salespersons and sales clerks
643 Occupations in travel and accommodation
646 Other occupations in protective service
661 Cashiers
662 Other sales and related occupations
664 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related occupations
665 Security guards and related occupations
668 Other elemental service occupations
721 Contractors and supervisors, trades and related workers
725 Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters
728 Masonry and plastering trades
729 Other construction trades
733 Other mechanics
734 Upholsterers, tailors, shoe repairers, jewellers and related occupations
744 Other installers, repairers and servicers
946 Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and tobacco processing

10 - 20 %


012 Managers in financial and business services
061 Sales, marketing and advertising managers
071 Managers in construction and transportation
121 Clerical supervisors
123 Finance and insurance administrative occupations
124 Secretaries, recorders and transcriptionists
143 Finance and insurance clerks
145 Library, correspondence and related information clerks
147 Recording, scheduling and distributing occupations
217 Computer and information systems professionals
223 Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering
224 Technical occupations in electronics and electrical engineering
226 Other technical inspectors and regulatory officers
228 Technical occupations in computer and information systems
314 Therapy and assessment professionals
416 Policy and program officers, researchers and consultants
621 Sales and service supervisors
622 Technical sales specialists, wholesale trade
623 Insurance and real estate sales occupations and buyers
645 Occupations in food and beverage service
647 Childcare and home support workers
666 Cleaners
721 Contractors and supervisors, trades and related workers
724 Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
725 Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters
727 Carpenters and cabinetmakers
731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)
732 Automotive service technicians
733 Other mechanics
734 Upholsterers, tailors, shoe repairers, jewellers and related occupations
861 Primary production labourers
921 Supervisors, processing occupations
945 Machine operators and related workers in fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
961 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

20 - 30 %


021 Managers in engineering, architecture, science and information systems
122 Administrative and regulatory occupations
124 Secretaries, recorders and transcriptionists
141 Clerical occupations, general office skills
143 Finance and insurance clerks
147 Recording, scheduling and distributing occupations
217 Computer and information systems professionals
313 Pharmacists, dietitians and nutritionists
315 Nurse supervisors and registered nurses
416 Policy and program officers, researchers and consultants
524 Creative designers and craftspersons
624 Chefs and cooks
645 Occupations in food and beverage service
666 Cleaners
721 Contractors and supervisors, trades and related workers
727 Carpenters and cabinetmakers
729 Other construction trades
741 Motor vehicle and transit drivers
744 Other installers, repairers and servicers
761 Trades helpers and labourers
923 Central control and process operators in manufacturing and processing
941 Machine operators and related workers in metal and mineral products processing
948 Mechanical, electrical and electronics assemblers
949 Other assembly and related occupations

30 - 40 %


011 Administrative services managers
063 Managers in food service and accommodation
111 Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
122 Administrative and regulatory occupations
123 Finance and insurance administrative occupations
144 Administrative support clerks
147 Recording, scheduling and distributing occupations
214 Other engineers
217 Computer and information systems professionals
224 Technical occupations in electronics and electrical engineering
225 Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying and mapping
228 Technical occupations in computer and information systems
645 Occupations in food and beverage service
662 Other sales and related occupations
723 Machinists and related occupations
726 Metal forming, shaping and erecting trades
733 Other mechanics
825 Contractors, operators and supervisors in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture
861 Primary production labourers
921 Supervisors, processing occupations
922 Supervisors, assembly and fabrication
947 Printing machine operators and related occupations

40 - 50 %


021 Managers in engineering, architecture, science and information systems
071 Managers in construction and transportation
072 Facility operation and maintenance managers
091 Managers in manufacturing and utilities
112 Human resources and business service professionals
121 Clerical supervisors
213 Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers
214 Other engineers
221 Technical occupations in physical sciences
223 Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering
224 Technical occupations in electronics and electrical engineering
225 Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying and mapping
313 Pharmacists, dietitians and nutritionists
643 Occupations in travel and accommodation
721 Contractors and supervisors, trades and related workers
726 Metal forming, shaping and erecting trades
728 Masonry and plastering trades
741 Motor vehicle and transit drivers
742 Heavy equipment operators
843 Agriculture and horticulture workers
948 Mechanical, electrical and electronics assemblers
949 Other assembly and related occupations

50 - 60 %


011 Administrative services managers
021 Managers in engineering, architecture, science and information systems
111 Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
121 Clerical supervisors
122 Administrative and regulatory occupations
124 Secretaries, recorders and transcriptionists
143 Finance and insurance clerks
211 Physical science professionals
213 Civil, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineers
223 Technical occupations in civil, mechanical and industrial engineering
225 Technical occupations in architecture, drafting, surveying and mapping
522 Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting and the performing arts
647 Childcare and home support workers
662 Other sales and related occupations
721 Contractors and supervisors, trades and related workers
723 Machinists and related occupations
724 Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
741 Motor vehicle and transit drivers
823 Underground miners, oil and gas drillers and related workers
843 Agriculture and horticulture workers
921 Supervisors, processing occupations
942 Machine operators and related workers in chemical, plastic and rubber processing
947 Printing machine operators and related occupations
951 Machining, metalworking, woodworking and related machine operators

60 - 70 %


012 Managers in financial and business services
142 Office equipment operators
147 Recording, scheduling and distributing occupations
215 Architects, urban planners and land surveyors
421 Paralegals, social services workers and occupations in education and religion, n.e.c.
722 Supervisors, railway and motor transportation occupations
825 Contractors, operators and supervisors in agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture
945 Machine operators and related workers in fabric, fur and leather products manufacturing
951 Machining, metalworking, woodworking and related machine operators
961 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

70 - 80 %


122 Administrative and regulatory occupations
521 Technical occupations in libraries, archives, museums and art galleries
725 Plumbers, pipefitters and gas fitters
726 Metal forming, shaping and erecting trades
731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)
735 Stationary engineers and power station and system operators
762 Public works and other labourers, n.e.c.
946 Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and tobacco processing
949 Other assembly and related occupations

80 - 90 %


013 Managers in communication (except broadcasting)
111 Auditors, accountants and investment professionals
146 Mail and message distribution occupations
224 Technical occupations in electronics and electrical engineering
226 Other technical inspectors and regulatory officers
724 Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
745 Longshore workers and material handlers
921 Supervisors, processing occupations
942 Machine operators and related workers in chemical, plastic and rubber processing
948 Mechanical, electrical and electronics assemblers
949 Other assembly and related occupations
951 Machining, metalworking, woodworking and related machine operators
961 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

90 - 100 %


147 Recording, scheduling and distributing occupations
721 Contractors and supervisors, trades and related workers
731 Machinery and transportation equipment mechanics (except motor vehicle)
737 Crane operators, drillers and blasters
762 Public works and other labourers, n.e.c.
946 Machine operators and related workers in food, beverage and tobacco processing
949 Other assembly and related occupations
961 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities

100 %


001 Legislators and senior management
041 Managers in public administration
141 Clerical occupations, general office skills
211 Physical science professionals
222 Technical occupations in life sciences
312 Optometrists, chiropractors and other health diagnosing and treating professionals
513 Creative and performing artists
724 Electrical trades and telecommunications occupations
735 Stationary engineers and power station and system operators
737 Crane operators, drillers and blasters
743 Other transport equipment operators and related workers
861 Primary production labourers
922 Supervisors, assembly and fabrication
941 Machine operators and related workers in metal and mineral products processing
943 Machine operators and related workers in pulp and paper production and wood processing
961 Labourers in processing, manufacturing and utilities