Job prospects Food Counter Attendant in Québec
Job opportunities for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) are fair in Québec 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 Québec
The employment outlook will be fair for Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (NOC 6711) in Québec for the 2021-2023 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to several new positions. Part of this growth is attributable to the recovery of losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 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.
To access this occupation, a high school diploma may be required, but is not always necessary, especially when on-the-job training is offered. However, experience in the kitchen is a definite asset. Employers are looking for candidates with personal skills such as speed, tolerance for stress, autonomy, teamwork abilities, drive, resourcefulness and organizational skills. The schedules are often part-time and atypical (evenings, weekends, on call).
Changes in employment in this occupational group depend on factors affecting restaurant industry. This industry is characterized by a very competitive business environment with low profit margins. The food service industry is also facing competition from companies delivering meal kits and from retail businesses diversifying their service offerings by opening fast food or ready-to-eat outlets. The aging population, the increase in the number of single-person households, and the rising participation of women in the labour force should favour this occupation in the longer term. However, because the occupation provides direct service to customers, it is affected by the health-related physical distancing measures imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19. In the short term, employment prospects will depend on the pace of easing restaurant restrictions and the recovery of the tourism industry. In addition, the widespread practice of working from home during the pandemic has significantly reduced food service expenditures. Continued telework could cause restaurants to lose a large part of their customer base and could affect the growth of the occupation.
While it will be fair elsewhere, the employment outlook for this occupation will be good in the following regions:
- Estrie, Montérégie, Lanaudière and the Montréal census metropolitan area, due to a lower proportion of unemployed workers
- Laurentides and Mauricie, due to a lower proportion of unemployed workers and a higher number of retirements
Here are some key facts about Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations in Québec:
- Approximately 72,800 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): 72%
- Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 7%
- Hospitals (NAICS 622): 5%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 41% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 59% compared to 20% for all occupations
- 41% of food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations work all year, while 59% 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 27 weeks compared to 33 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
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Fair Fair|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Fair Fair|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Fair Fair|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Fair Fair|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Fair Fair|
|Côte-Nord Region||Fair Fair|
|Estrie Region||Good Good|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Fair Fair|
|Lanaudière Region||Good Good|
|Laurentides Region||Good Good|
|Laval Region||Good Good|
|Mauricie Region||Good Good|
|Montréal Region||Good Good|
|Montérégie Region||Good Good|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Fair Fair|
|Outaouais Region||Fair Fair|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Fair Fair|
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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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