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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 2020, it is anticipated that the region will have 12,334 job openings, with a labour shortage of 1,626. The food & beverage and accommodation sectors will be the hardest hit.

A View into Thompson Okanagan’s Labour Market:

Discover the unique challenges facing the Thompson Okanagan region with insights from local operators, like Predator Ridge Resort and Tinhorn Creek Winery, as well as the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association and go2HR. 

“We found that having a super rigorous training program as well as a health and safety program puts us way above our neighbours.” 
- Sandra Oldfield, CEO, Tinhorn Creek Winery


At a Glance:

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

Top Occupations in Demand

Occupations New Job Openings (by 2020)
Chefs & Cooks 1,300
Light Duty Cleaners 710
Restaurant and Food Service Managers 709
Cashiers 451
Hotel Front Desk Clerks 438
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation and Sport 288
Accommodation Service Managers 281
Bus Drivers & Subway and Other Transit Operators 232
F&B Servers, Food Counter Attendants & Kitchen Helpers 2,984


Top Shortages

Occupations Shortages (by 2020)
Food Counter Attendants and Kitchen Helpers 362
Food & Beverage Servers 330
Cooks/Chefs 165
Bartenders 72
Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation and Sport 70
Hotel Front Desk Clerks 58
Restaurant and Food Service Managers 56
Bus Drivers & Subway and Other Transit Operators 45
Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers 36
Food Service Supervisors 29


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