Job prospects Light Duty Cleaner in Nova Scotia

Explore current and future job prospects for people working as a "light duty cleaner" in Nova Scotia or Canada.

Job opportunities in Nova Scotia

Note: These outlooks are based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Learn more about our methodology.

Prospects over the next 3 years


The employment outlook will be moderate for Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731) in Nova Scotia for the 2022-2024 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

The pandemic-related demand for this occupation created by additional sanitization requirements has subsided somewhat following the end of most containment measures. At the same time, opportunities are being created by the recovery of other sectors, such as the hotel industry. Employers in some parts of the province are experiencing difficulty recruiting for this occupation, so individuals looking for work as a cleaner should have little difficulty finding a position. Working conditions such as relatively low wages, the physical nature of the job, the need to travel to different work sites, and irregular or night-time hours may be contributing factors to a high rate of turnover and insufficient number of job applicants. Candidates may be required to have their own vehicle to travel between job locations.

Here are some key facts about Light duty cleaners in Nova Scotia:

  • Approximately 6,650 people work in this occupation.
  • Light duty cleaners mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Building services (NAICS 5617): 33%
    • Accommodation services (NAICS 721): 16%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 15%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 12%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 60% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 40% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 56% of light duty cleaners work all year, while 44% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 27 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • 10% of light duty cleaners are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • The gender distribution of people in this occupation is:
    • Men: 28% compared to 51% for all occupations
    • Women: 71% compared to 49% for all occupations
  • The educational attainment of workers in this occupation is:
    • no high school diploma: 31% compared to 12% for all occupations
    • high school diploma or equivalent: 40% compared to 26% for all occupations
    • apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma: 7% compared to 10% for all occupations
    • college certificate or diploma or university certificate below bachelor's: 18% compared to 27% for all occupations
    • bachelor's degree: less than 5% compared to 17% for all occupations
    • university certificate, degree or diploma above bachelor level: less than 5% compared to 8% for all occupations

Breakdown by region

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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years

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