Job prospects Construction Labourer And Helper in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611) are fair in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a construction labourer and helper.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

construction labourer and helper
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611) in British Columbia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment decline will lead to the loss of some positions.
  • Not many positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.

B.C.'s construction industry employment is primarily in new housing construction. The remainder of construction is spread among engineering projects, renovations, industrial/commercial/institutional building, non-residential maintenance and residential maintenance.

Housing starts in B.C. are expected to decline between 2019-21, but good prospects are expected in the renovation and maintenance residential sectors.

Here are some key facts about Construction trades helpers and labourers in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 18,850 people work in this occupation.
  • Construction trades helpers and labourers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 79%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 81% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 19% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 38% of construction trades helpers and labourers work all year, while 62% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 28 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 13% of construction trades helpers and labourers are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in British Columbia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Cariboo Region Limited Limited
    Kootenay Region Limited Limited
    Lower Mainland–Southwest Region Fair Fair
    Nechako Region Limited Limited
    North Coast Region Limited Limited
    Northeast Region Limited Limited
    Thompson–Okanagan Region Fair Fair
    Vancouver Island and Coast Region Fair Fair
    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that the labour supply and demand for Construction trades helpers and labourers (NOC 7611) will be balanced in Canada over the next 10 years.

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