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Employment expected to grow in Canadian apparel sector
Apr '11
As per a recent study, the Canadian apparel business will provide employment to more than 86,000 persons by 2012. At present the industry employs more than 73,000 people.

In the survey, respondents anticipated a 22-percent increase in service jobs and a 13-percent hike in manufacturing employment. It's the first time in decades, that manufacturing prospects are looking brighter in such a manner in the Canadian apparel industry.

Though total jobs are well below compared to a decade ago, white collar-jobs have been growing for the last few years. The Canadian apparel business is centered in Quebec with a nearly 50 per cent share. It has now stabilized and is now poised for growth, the study reveals.

Though the survey creates a rosy picture about the growth, there are a couple of obstacles too. The first is skilled workforce. In Canada, more than 20 per cent of the workforce in the industry is over the age of 55. In this situation, it is really difficult for companies to find enough trained workers to fill the vacancies after their retirements.

As per an estimate, the industry will need more than 6,000 people just to maintain what they have now. The second one is competition from China. In the recent years, China attracted Canadian workers in a big way and the industry hopes to stop that due to bright future here.

The survey found the Canadian companies are highly optimistic about prospects for growth. The Canadian apparel business had never experienced such optimistic projections before. Because of new prospects arising in Canada, they hope to create more production jobs.

Though, the Canadian apparel business faced hard times in the past, the portrait of the industry is relatively healthy.

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