Nurses, IT analysts among top 10 fastest-growing temp jobs

Despite Canada's bleak employment numbers in recent years, there has been an increase in jobs such as nursing, banking and landscaping — as long as you're a temporary worker.

List includes bank tellers, landscapers, payroll clerks

Licensed practical nurses are the fastest-growing temporary occupation in Canada, according to a report by job search site (iStock)

Despite Canada’s bleak employment numbers in recent years, there has been an increase in jobs such as nursing, banking and landscaping — as long as you’re a temporary worker.

Job search site released a list Friday of the top 10 fastest-growing temporary jobs in Canada based on percentage growth.

Topping the list are licensed practical nurses, an occupation that has grown by 60 per cent — or 296 jobs — since 2010.

Information systems analysts and consultants come in second, with a 44 per cent increase — or 541 jobs added.

Financial clerks, including bank tellers and insurance clerks, are third, with 163 new jobs added, a 43 per cent increase.

Rounding out the top 10 are: landscaping and grounds maintenance workers, purchasing and inventory clerks, records management and filing clerks, payroll clerks, light duty cleaner, registered nurses and computer network technicians. 

"There is a myth that temporary positions are just that, temporary, but nearly two in five employers say they plan to transition their temporary workers into fulltime roles sometime this year," said Ross Levadi, director of staffing and recruiting at 

Precarious employment, which includes contract, part-time, self-employment or temporary work, is becoming more common, according to a report by the Law Commission of Ontario.

"Over the past several decades there has been a significant increase in part-time, temporary and casual forms of work. This type of work lacks security and provides workers with limited benefits," the December 2012 report reads.

Canada’s economy shed 54,500 jobs in March, the worst month for Canadian employment since before the last recession, in February 2009.