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Top Jobs for Express Entry Applicants: Express Entry Report 2018

IRCC has released the 2018 year-end report for Express Entry, giving us information about the top jobs claimed by successful applicants!

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One of the biggest concerns people have about applying to immigrate to Canada is whether they need a job first. This report confirms that you don’t need a job offer to be successful through Express Entry


In fact, only 10% of the people who received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residence in an Express Entry draw in 2018 had a job offer from a Canadian employer.

Tech jobs dominate Express Entry pool

When you create a profile in Express Entry, you have to declare your work experience using the National Occupational Classification (NOC). The NOC is a system that assigns a four digit code to every job in the Canadian economy, based on job duties and responsibilities.


The most common occupations claimed by Express Entry candidates that received an ITA in 2018 were in information technology, and business and financial services.


Most common occupations among ITAs issued

NOCJob TitleNumber%
2173Software engineers and designers6,1267%
2171Information systems analysts and consultants
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers3,4504%
1111Financial auditors and accountants2,4833%
1241Administrative assistants2,3353%
1123Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations2,0492%
4011University professors and lecturers
1112Financial and investment analysts
1122Professional occupations in business management consulting
0124Advertising, marketing and public relations managers1,7752%

Source: Express Entry Report 2018

Job offer not needed to succeed in Express Entry

A job offer from a Canadian employer is not a requirement to apply to Express Entry, but you do get extra Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points if you have one. Since only the candidates with the most points receive ITAs, many candidates focus on trying to secure an offer while they’re still in the pool.


If you claim a regular job offer, you get an additional 50 CRS points. If the job is in a managerial position, you get 200 additional points.


Candidates in the Express Entry pool have access to the Canada Job Bank, which eligible Canadian employers can use to find skilled foreign nationals and offer them a position. This makes it easier to match skilled Express Entry candidates with employers.


However, only 10% of candidates who received an ITA in 2018 had claimed a job offer, so it’s definitely not a requirement to succeed! Of the 89,800 candidates in the pool who received an ITA last year, 9,308 had received a job offer.


Most common job offers received among ITAs issued

NOCJob Title
2173Software engineers and designers6919%
2174Computer programmers and interactive media developers6757%
2171Information systems analysts and consultants4506%
4011University professors and lecturers4145%
6311Food service supervisors4125%
5241Graphic designers and illustrators2964%
0013Senior managers - financial, communications and other business services2433%
0213Computer and information systems managers2273%
0016Senior managers -construction, transportation, production and utilities1712%

Source: Express Entry Report 2018

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