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.
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 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|
|Accommodation Service Managers||600|
|Food Service Supervisors||200|
|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|
IDEAS & RESOURCES:
Thompson Okanagan – Press Release
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