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  March 23, 2023

Thompson Okanagan Regional Labour Market Study

The Thompson Okanagan region has one of the most severe levels of seasonality in the province, which prevents many tourism employers from being able to retain workers on a permanent basis. By 2028, it is anticipated that the region will have 12,200 job openings. The food & beverage, accommodation, and recreation and entertainment sectors will be the hardest hit.

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A VIEW INTO THOMPSON OKANAGAN’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 900
Chefs 300
Accommodation Service Managers 600
Food Service Supervisors 200
Skilled Occupations Cooks 1,100
Program Leaders/Instructors in Recreation and Sport 300
Front Line / Entry Level Food Counter Attendants and Kitchen Helpers 1,300
Food and Beverage Servers 1,000
Light Duty Cleaners 600
Cashiers 300

 

IDEAS & RESOURCES:

Baby Boomers: Tap into the best kept secret labour pool in the tourism industry
Six Tips to Help Retain Skilled Seasonal Workers
The Return on Investment of Training: A step-by-step approach
Certificate of Recognition: Going beyond the legal requirements in Health & Safety