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  March 27, 2023

Mainland South West Regional Labour Market Study

The Mainland South West region has a workforce that is younger than other areas of the province, and with a declining youth population, there will not be enough supply to meet the demand. By 2028, it is anticipated that the region will have 67,100 job openings. The food & beverage, recreation & entertainment, and transportation sectors will be the hardest hit.

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A VIEW INTO MAINLAND SOUTH WEST’S LABOUR MARKET:

 

AT A GLANCE:

Which occupations will be the most in demand and face the most shortages? Check out the top occupations below or view WorkBC’s full regional profile to learn more.

Top Occupations in Demand

Type Occupations New Job Openings 2018-2028
Management and Supervisory Restaurant and Food Service Managers 4,800
Chefs 2,000
Accommodation Service Managers 1,000
Food Service Supervisors 1,000
Skilled Occupations Cooks 6,100
Bus Drivers and Other Transit Operators 2,900
Program Leaders/Instructors in Recreation and Sport 1,800
Front Line / Entry Level Food Counter Attendants and Kitchen Helpers 7,600
Food and Beverage Servers 5,300
Light Duty Cleaners 1,900
Cashiers 1,600

 

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