Job prospects Food Counter Attendant in Prince Edward Island
Job opportunities for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) are fair in Prince Edward Island over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a food counter attendant.
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 Prince Edward Island
The employment outlook will be fair for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) in Prince Edward Island for the 2021-2023 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 moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
- High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
Recovery in the Island's tourism sector as vaccination rates increase and health and travel restrictions ease should contribute to improved job prospects. Job opportunities may also come from vacancies as a result of former workers having changed jobs as many were laid off or had their hours significantly reduced due to the pandemic.
Employment opportunities are expected primarily from a high labour turnover rate, which can be explained by difficult working conditions and a young and mobile labour force. While it is relatively easy to enter this occupation, a fair number of counter attendants and kitchen helpers leave it as soon as they find a job that offers better working conditions. The traditional pool of candidates (students and other youth) is shrinking primarily because of difficult working conditions, compensation that is less and less competitive in a growing labour market and the demographic decline in the number of young people.
Employment growth in this occupation depends mainly on trends in the food service industry, which is very sensitive to the economic situation. Thus, if the value of the Canadian dollar remains low, the continued development of tourism in P.E.I. should boost employment growth for food counter attendants and kitchen helpers. Demographic and social factors such as the growth and aging of the population, the increase in the number of single households and the rising labour market participation of women should continue to slightly boost employment in this occupation over the next few years.
Here are some key facts about Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations in the Prince Edward Island region:
- Approximately 1,700 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): 77%
- Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 6%
- Hospitals (NAICS 622): 5%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 47% compared to 83% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 53% compared to 17% for all occupations
- 48% of food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations work all year, while 52% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 23 weeks compared to 27 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 11% for all occupations.
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Labour market conditions over the next 10 years
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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