Job prospects Food Counter Attendant in Ontario

Job opportunities for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) are fair in Ontario over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a food counter attendant.

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Job opportunities in Ontario

food counter attendant
Prospects over the next 3 years
Fair

The employment outlook will be fair for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) in Ontario for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small 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 majority of workers in this occupation work in full-service restaurants and limited service eating places. Smaller shares of workers are also employed in the health care and social assistance facilities.

Over the forecast period, tourism may support employment in the food-service industry. However, rising food costs may temper employment growth as employers seek to cut costs to maintain profitability. The limited-service restaurant industry is becoming increasingly competitive as producers compete for market share. A growing market segment includes “fast-casual” dining, which markets higher quality food in return for higher prices. Opportunities may be improved for workers in these restaurants as they expand their provincial presence.

Workers in this occupation in the health care and social assistance industry, including nursing and residential care facilities and hospitals, are expected to see some growth over the forecast period as the aging population increases the number of individuals residing and eating in these facilities.

This is an entry-level occupation with minimal training requirements, a young workforce and a high degree of part-time work. As a result, job openings are expected to arise from turnover as workers pursue other employment opportunities. Schedule flexibility is an asset as many employers require staff to work evening, weekend, and holiday shifts. Some employers may prefer workers who have completed the Food Handler Certification program. There is a high degree of mobility in this occupation as workers leave their entry-level positions and move to other occupations within the industry.

Here are some key facts about Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 146,200 people work in this occupation.
  • Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Food services and drinking places (NAICS 722): 78%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 36% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 64% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 42% of food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations work all year, while 58% 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 26 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

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    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 Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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