Job prospects Light Duty Cleaner in Nova Scotia

Job opportunities for Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731) are good in Nova Scotia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a light duty cleaner.

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 Nova Scotia

light duty cleaner
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731) in Nova Scotia for the 2021-2023 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several 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.

Light duty cleaners are in high demand due to the need for additional sanitization of surfaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some openings have been created as workers have retired or changed jobs to reduce their risk of exposure to the virus. 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 the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 6,800 people work in this occupation.
  • Light duty cleaners mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Building services (NAICS 5617): 41%
    • Accommodation services (NAICS 721): 17%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 10%
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 9%
  • 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.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Annapolis Valley Region Good Good
    Cape Breton Region Good Good
    Halifax Region Good Good
    North Shore Region Good Good
    Southern Region Good Good
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Light duty cleaners (NOC 6731) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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