Adzuna, a United Kingdom-based online search engine company that’s expanding to Canada, claims Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo is the second worst metropolitan area in Canada to find a job.

Of 45 cities and regions ranked, the number of “jobseekers per vacancy” in the local area was 73.4, second only to St. Catharines-Niagara at 99.9.

James Maskell, the company’s country manager for Canada, said the research defines a vacancy as any job – be it full-time, part-time, temporary or permanent – in Adzuna’s search engine for classified ads.

“Our main pitch is that we collect as many jobs as we possibly can from the Internet,” Maskell said.

“We bring them together in one place and make them searchable, very much kind of like a Google, but just for jobs.”

The research defines a jobseeker as anyone collecting employment insurance and is based on Statistics Canada data for March 2013, released this month.

“We collect and index data on a daily basis,” Maskell said. “This means that it is near real time and much more up to date than official government statistics. In the U.K., we supply this data to the government and it is used as an indicator for economic performance. We hope to establish a similar relationship with the Canadian government.”

Adzuna ( www.adzuna.ca ) claims more than two million visitors use its search engine each month.

Saskatoon and Nanaimo B.C. were ranked as the top two cities in which to find a job, with 4.4 and 5.2 jobseekers per vacancy, respectively.

Information pertaining to salaries, sector hot spots and local pockets of strength was also included in the research.

Other findings:

• Sales and construction are the top hiring sectors nationally with more than 81,000 jobs advertised so far in 2013.

• The greatest growth in job stock can be seen in the information/technology and renewable energy sectors, with a forecasted 84,000 job opportunities being created between them by the end of the year.

• 2013 graduates should look to head to Montreal, Que., where nine per cent of all advertised vacancies in the cities are for graduate positions and internships – a higher percentage than any other city in Canada.

bjackson@cambridgetimes.ca