Job prospects Labourer - Food And Beverage Processing in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Labourers in food and beverage processing (NOC 9617) are fair in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a labourer - food and beverage processing.

Note: These employment prospects were published in December 2021 based on the information available at the time of analysis. The next update will be in December 2022. To learn more, see our FAQs. You can also find additional information on the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

labourer - food and beverage processing
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing (NOC 9617) in British Columbia for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

Here are some key facts about Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 4,600 people work in this occupation.
  • Labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food, beverage and tobacco product manufacturing (NAICS 311, 312): 60%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 17%
    • Food and beverage stores (NAICS 445): 6%
    • Agriculture (NAICS 111, 112, 1151, 1152): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 81% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 19% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 46% of labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing work all year, while 54% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of labourers in food, beverage and associated products processing are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in British Columbia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Cariboo Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Kootenay Region Fair Fair
    Lower Mainland–Southwest Region Fair Fair
    Nechako Region Undetermined Undetermined
    North Coast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Northeast Region Undetermined Undetermined
    Thompson–Okanagan Region Fair Fair
    Vancouver Island and Coast Region Fair Fair
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Labourers in food and beverage processing (NOC 9617) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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