ARCHIVED – The Labour Market Progression of the LSIC Immigrants

A Perspective from the Second Wave of the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (LSIC) Two Years after Landing

Majority of working immigrants satisfied with their jobs

In spite of reported challenges, the proportion of the immigrants who reported they were very satisfied or satisfied with their jobs increased from 75% at 6 months after arrival to 84% at two years after landing.

While immigrants in all major immigration categories had high levels of job satisfaction (very satisfied or satisfied), the level was highest for immigrants in the family class (88%), followed closely by refugees (84%), and skilled workers (83% for both principal applicants and spouses and dependants). Skilled worker principal applicants had the highest proportion stating they were very satisfied with their jobs (25%).

Table 18: Job satisfaction, by immigration category — Wave 2
Job satisfaction Immigration Category
Family Class Skilled Workers (PA) Skilled Workers (S&D) Refugees Others All Immigrants
Very satisfied 5,161 10,052 4,301 666 1,497 21,677
24% 25% 20% 15% 26% 23%
Satisfied 13,475 23,517 13,294 2,944 3,617 56,846
64% 58% 62% 68% 62% 61%
Dissatisfied 2,161 5,486 3,325 547 509 12,028
10% 14% 16% 13% 9% 13%
Very dissatisfied 310 1,214 361 143E F 2,195
1% 3% 2% 3%E F 2%
All immigrants currently employed1 21,160 40,397 21,302 4,301 5,809 92,969

1 All immigrants include a small number of immigrants who did not respond to the question.

E Use with caution.

F: Too unreliable to be released.

Source: Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada – Wave 2 (2003)

Immigrants with a job related to their education seemed to be more satisfied than those working in an area unrelated to their education. About 9 in 10 immigrants working in an occupation related to their education felt either very satisfied or satisfied with their current job, while 79% of immigrants who were working in an occupation different from their education were feeling the same way about their occupations.

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