June 29, 2020
By Hugo O'Doherty
Much like preceding years, Express Entry candidates in tech and IT occupations were invited to apply for immigration to Canada in huge numbers in 2019, with software engineers and designers leading the way.
In fact, tech occupations made up the top three occupations by number of candidates invited to apply. Information systems analysts and consultants, as well as computer programmers and interactive media developers, ensured a clean sweep of the podium for tech and IT professionals.
Nearly 15,000 candidates in these three occupations alone were invited to apply for Canadian permanent residence in 2019, nearly exactly the same total number invited in 2018 for these occupations.
Many of the other occupations in the overall list of most common occupations among invited candidates were in business and finance.
One thing to note from the latest Express Entry occupations data is that the top 15 most common occupations together represented only 42 percent of the total number of invitations issued, meaning that most Express Entry invitations went to candidates in other skilled occupations in Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) system.
So if you are an agricultural worker, an editor, a lawyer, teacher, health care worker or any other skilled occupation type, don’t worry! Canada has been inviting plenty of these types of workers as well.
Most common occupations among Express Entry invitations issued, 2019
|Occupation||NOC||2019 invitations||2018-2019 difference||2019 % of total|
|Software engineers and designers||2173||6,529||+403||7.7%|
|Information systems analysts and consultants||2171||4,645||-784||5.4%|
|Computer programmers and interactive media developers||2174||3,819||+369||4.5%|
|Financial auditors and accountants||1111||2,607||+124||3.1%|
|Professional occupations in business management|
|Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations||1123||1,808||-241||2.1%|
|University professors and lecturers||4011||1,684||-258||2%|
|Advertising, marketing and public relations managers||0124||1,588||-187||1.9%|
|Financial and investment analysts||1112||1,549||-372||1.8%|
|Food service supervisors||1122||1,544||+109||1.8%|
|Accounting technicians and bookkeepers||1311||1,484||+288||1.7%|
|Database analysts and data administrators||2172||1,312||+274||1.5%|
Though the total number of candidates invited to apply through Express Entry went down slightly in 2019 relative to 2018 — from nearly 90,000 to just over 85,000 — the number of candidates invited who had been awarded points for arranged employment went up, from 9,308 in 2018 to 10,905 in 2019, meaning around one-in-eight invited candidates had arranged employment.
Arranged employment means having a valid job offer, which results in either 50 or 200 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points being added to a candidate’s total CRS score. The number of points received depends on the skill level of the occupation, with Senior Managerial positions receiving 200 points and all other skilled positions receiving 50 points.
|Occupation||NOC||Invitations issued with arranged employment|
|Computer programmers and interactive|
|Software engineers and designers||2173||871|
|Food service supervisors||6311||838|
|Information systems analysts and consultants||2171||647|
|University professors and lecturers||4011||501|
|Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services||0013||364|
|Computer and information systems managers||0213||336|
|Graphic designers and illustrators||5241||331|
|Retail sales supervisors||6211||209|
|Senior managers - construction,|
transportation, production and utilities
|Senior managers - trade, broadcasting and|
|Agricultural service contractors, farm|
supervisors and specialized livestock workers
The information in this article is from the year-end 2019 Express Entry report, which was published by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in June, 2020.
See our other summaries from the 2019 Express Entry Year-End Report, including:
The Express Entry Roadmap
June 29, 2020
By Hugo O'Doherty
Express Entry Draw – Latest Figures
IRCC has overstaffed Express Entry, says watchdog
How a year without all-program draws changed Express Entry demographics
IRCC releases new application tracker for Express Entry and PNP
Canada Abroad is a transparent Canadian immigration consultancy with advice you can trust. Led by Deanne Acres-Lans (RCIC #508363), the team delivers professional, regulated, and efficient service.
Doherty Fultz Immigration
Led by Anthony Doherty (RCIC #510956) and Cassandra Fultz (#514356), the Doherty Fultz team uses their 40+ years of experience to empower you towards settling in Canada.
Perez McKenzie Immigration
Led by Jenny Perez (RCIC #423103), Perez McKenzie Immigration is a Canadian immigration consultancy based in British Columbia, with offices in Vancouver and Whistler.
Get your immigration questions answered by an expert
Find the best immigration program for you
Take our free immigration quiz and we'll tell you the best immigration programs for you!
Get matched to job opportunities
Get matched to job opportunities from Canadian employers who are seeking to hire people with your skills.
Access our immigration roadmaps
Our immigration roadmaps will teach you the basics of Express Entry, study permits, and more! Take control of your own immigration process.