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Struck by the pandemic, B.C. tech companies keep hiring

Struck by the pandemic, B.C. tech companies keep hiring

Source: BC Business

The B.C. technology industry hasn’t escaped the ravages of COVID-19, but it’s faring better than many other sectors of the provincial economy. As local tech businesses large and small contend with falling revenue and trim costs to improve their odds of surviving the pandemic, dozens of them are still in hiring mode.

“Even in the COVID environment, B.C.’s tech companies continue to create many more jobs each year than we have the talent to fill,” says Jill Tipping, president and CEO of the BC Tech Association. “It’s a real challenge for our tech companies and one of the reasons why BC Tech puts such a focus on reskilling programs to help people pivot into careers in tech. Many of these new employment opportunities come from the companies included in our 2020 Ecosystem Map.”

The provincial tech sector consists of more than 10,000 companies generating some 106,000 jobs and more than $17 billion in gross domestic product, according to the British Columbia technology report card published in 2018 by BC Tech and KPMG.

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