Job prospects Retail Salesperson near Charlottetown (PE)

Explore current and future job prospects for Retail salespersons near Charlottetown (PE). These trends also apply to people working as a retail salesperson.

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Recent trends

Balanced labour market

The prospect of finding work in this occupation was fair over the past few years (2016-2018). The number of job openings was about the same as the number of workers available.

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Job prospects

retail salesperson
Prospects over the next 3 years
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The employment outlook will be good for Retail salespersons (NOC 6421) in Prince Edward Island for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a few 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.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities may vary depending on the time of the year.

Employment demand in this occupation is mostly driven by consumer spending in retail operations associated with the sale of food and beverages, clothing, general merchandise and motor vehicles and parts.

The spread of electronic commerce to electronics, clothing and furniture among others, may further limit opportunities for retail salespersons and sales clerks.

This is a large occupational group in P.E.I. with a large employer base. The relatively younger age profile of workers, lower skill requirements, and prevalence of part-time work associated with this occupation will create ongoing replacement needs for new employees, as workers leave for other opportunities. Opportunities are usually available year-round but are more frequent in the peak shopping seasons. Some positions may be filled by retired professionals from other occupations. This occupation is an excellent source of summer and part-time employment for students. There are more opportunities during summer months, and during the Christmas season.

Job prospects may be more favourable in larger retail superstores with longer operating hours. Increased use of technology will favour retail salespersons and sales clerks with intermediate computer skills particularly in point-of-sale data entry and computerized inventory record keeping. Knowledge of specific industries and products may increase the likelihood of employment.

Here are some key facts about Retail salespersons in the Prince Edward Island region:

  • Approximately 2,350 people work in this occupation.
  • Retail salespersons mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Other retail stores (NAICS 44-45, except 445): 68%
    • Food and beverage stores (NAICS 445): 16%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 59% compared to 83% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 41% compared to 17% for all occupations
  • 58% of retail salespersons work all year, while 42% 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 29 weeks compared to 27 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of retail salespersons are self-employed compared to an average of 11% for all occupations.
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