Job prospects Sales Supervisor - Retail in Ontario
Job opportunities for Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a sales supervisor - retail.
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 Ontario
The employment outlook will be fair for Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211) in Ontario 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 a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
What Types of Employers Are Out There?
- Employed in a variety of sectors, but the majority are in retail trade, notably in grocery, health and personal care, and clothing stores
- Wholesale trade and manufacturing are also key employers.
What are the Main Trends Affecting Employment?
- Improved economic growth and greater consumer spending is expected to support job prospects in this occupation over the forecast period
- Staff turnover should create a steady number of job openings since this occupation has lower entry requirements and a younger workforce
- Restructuring in retail operations, including in grocery chains,, and the increase in online shopping may temper demand for some workers over the long term.
What Skills Do I Need to Succeed?
- High school diploma is usually required
- Employers tend to recruit individuals with prior retail sales experience, and in-depth knowledge of the merchandise
- Comfortable with using retail industry-specific technology, such as electronic cash registers, point of sale system.
What Other Information Will I Find Helpful?
- Candidates for positions in automobile dealerships may need the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) certification, which is mandatory for individuals who are vehicle salespersons or dealers
- Ability to work flexible hours, including early mornings and overtime should improve job prospects.
Here are some key facts about Retail sales supervisors in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 88,350 people work in this occupation.
- Retail sales supervisors mainly work in the following sectors:
- Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 57%
- Food and beverage stores (NAICS 445): 22%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 75% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 25% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 71% of retail sales supervisors work all year, while 29% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 32 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- Less than 5% of retail sales supervisors are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Fair Fair|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Fair Fair|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Fair Fair|
|London Region||Fair Fair|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Fair Fair|
|Northeast Region||Fair Fair|
|Northwest Region||Fair Fair|
|Ottawa Region||Fair Fair|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Fair Fair|
|Toronto Region||Fair Fair|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Fair Fair|
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
We expect that the labour supply and demand for Retail sales supervisors (NOC 6211) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.
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