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Outlook & Prospects for Receptionists and Switchboard Operators in Lower Mainland - Southwest Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Lower Mainland - Southwest Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2015-05-29|
For the 2014-2016 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Receptionists and Switchboard Operators (NOC 1414) in the Lower Mainland - Southwest region.
This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:
- Employment growth is expected to be weak.
- A large number of people are expected to retire.
- This occupation has recently experienced moderate levels of unemployment.
Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2015
- The College of Pharmacists of BC recently suspended the licences of two Vancouver pharmacists, forcing the pharmacies to close their doors. Downtown Pharmacy closed most recently, and Native Vancouver Pharmacy closed in May.
- TD Bank announced that it will close its location in Langley Mall. The outlet will be merged with the bank on Willowbrook Drive. TD is the most recent of a number of banks who have relocated their offices in the Langley Core.
- Spinlister, a Santa Monica-based bicycle sharing company, recently expanded into Vancouver. The company allows individuals to rent their bikes, similar to Airbnb or Uber. The company currently has about 50 bicycles registered in Vancouver.
- The office vacancy rate in downtown Vancouver reached 10% as of June 30, its highest level since 2004. Some realtors are predicting that with new office towers opening, the rate could rise as high as 12% by the end of the year.
- TD Canada Trust is currently renovating its flagship location in Vancouver's Pacific Centre. The 15,000-sq.-ft. expansion, scheduled to be completed in October, will employ 56 people and will feature an environmentally friendly design.
- A temporary housing facility in downtown Vancouver, which housed 155 vulnerable residents, was forced to close due to flood damage. The City has split the residents among three alternate locations to make sure they have meals and shelter.
- According to a recent report from RBC Economics, the average price of a two-storey home in Vancouver is $979,600, more than double the Canadian average. However, prices will likely continue to rise given the tightness in the Vancouver market.
- Maple Ridge will open a new 40-bed temporary homeless shelter between October and March
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