The overqualification of French and English-speaking university graduates working in the Montréal census metropolitan area, 2016

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Infographic: The overqualification of French and English-speaking university graduates working in the Montréal census metropolitan area, 2016
Description: The overqualification of French and English-speaking university graduates working in the Montréal census metropolitan area, 2016

The overqualification of French and English-speakingNote university graduates working in the Montréal census metropolitan area, 2016

In this infographic, individuals aged 25 to 64 with a university diploma, certificate or degree at the bachelor’s level or higher are considered overqualified if their job requires a high school diploma or less.

In 2016, 1 in 7 (15.6%) university-educated workers in Canada was likely to be overqualified. In Montréal— a city characterized by a large proportion of immigrants and the coexistence of French and English—this percentage was slightly lower (13.7%).

Nearly three times more English-speaking immigrant men and women (23.3%) than French-speaking non-immigrant men and women (8.6%) were overqualified in Montréal.Note English-speaking immigrant women were most likely to be overqualified (27.7%).

Overqualification rate by first official language spoken and immigrant status, Montréal


Table 1
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 1 Total, Men and Women, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Total Men Women
percent
English-speaking immigrants 23.3 19.4 27.7
French-speaking immigrants 20.5 22.2 18.7
English-speaking non-immigrants 13.3 12.5 14.0
French-speaking non-immigrants 8.6 9.0 8.3

Among both men and women, more than one-third of graduates from a non-Western countryNote were likely to be overqualified. University-educated workers from a non-Western country were more likely to be overqualified than those with a university degree from Canada or another Western country.

Overqualification rate by place where the highest certificate, diploma or degree was obtained, Montréal


Table 2
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 2. The information is grouped by (appearing as row headers), Men and Women, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Men Women
percent
Canada 10.4 9.9
Western countries 11.7 12.7
Non-Western countries 36.6 37.0
Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda 40.6 34.5
Eastern Europe 32.9 31.8
Sub-Saharan Africa 47.2 52.7
Northern Africa 36.7 24.2
West Central Asia and the Middle East 28.7 30.9
South Asia 39.1 45.8
Rest of Asia and Oceania 35.2 53.2

Among men and women, nearly all population groups designated as visible minorities had higher rates of overqualification than the rest of the population. The only exceptions were Japanese and Southeast Asian men. Men (54.3%) and women (65.8%) in the Filipino group were most likely to be overqualified.

Overqualification rates by population groups designated as visible minorities, Montréal


Table 3
Table summary
This table displays the results of Table 3 Men and Women, calculated using percent units of measure (appearing as column headers).
Men Women
percent
Montréal
Population groups not designated as visible minorities 10.3 9.8
Population groups designated as visible minorities 24.4 24.4
South Asian 22.7 25.8
Chinese 16.0 21.3
Black 28.9 23.0
Filipino 54.3 65.8
Latin American 26.9 25.1
Arab 25.0 18.1
Southeast Asian 10.1 14.6
West Asian 22.9 27.1
Korean 12.7 20.5
Japanese 8.2 23.6
Other population groups designated as visible minorities 18.5 18.7

Source: Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2016.

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