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Tourism Labour Market Growth

The BC government has released its latest labour market projections for the tourism industry in BC.  These projections came to the same conclusion as prior tourism labour market studies: Tourism in BC will continue to be a growth industry.

Wading through labour market projections can be as exciting and stimulating as reading the new tax act. However, both contain important information that business operators ignore at their peril.

This most recent labour market study in BC came to the conclusion that tourism in BC will continue to be a growth industry. Although this is great news, it does pose some challenges, not the least of which is establishing a strategy to make sure that we have enough skilled people in the right place at the right time. The first step in this strategy is to understand the projected demands for occupations in the tourism sectors.

The latest Labour Market Outlook Report (2017) concluded that projected retirement and growth will result in the need for more than 111,000 new workers in tourism industries by 2027. The new job openings over the next decade will see these 10 occupations in highest demand for the province:

Total Openings
2017 - 2027

Occupation Openings
Food Service Counter Attendants & Kitchen Helpers 11,500
Cooks 10,400
Food and Beverage Servers 8,900
Restaurant and Food Services Managers 7,900
Light Duty Cleaners 4,000
Bus Drivers and Other Transit Operators 3,600
Chefs 3,400
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness 3,200
Cashiers 2,700
Accommodation Service Managers 2,500
Other Occupations in Tourism Industry 53,250

 

Additional information can be found by downloading the Tourism Labour Market Strategy report, the BC Labour Market Outlook 2017 Edition, or the Tourism and Hospitality Labour Market Profile.

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