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Executive assistants  (NOC 1222)
Toronto Region
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National Outlook ' 10-Year Projection (2015-2024)

This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2015-2024 period.

Occupational outlook

BALANCE: Labour demand and labour supply are expected to be broadly in line for this occupation group over the 2017-2026 period at the national level. The section below contains more detailed information regarding the outlook for this occupational group.

This section provides labour demand and labour supply projections for this occupation over the 2015-2024 period.

Table on the demographic profile for your chosen occupation at the national level.
Employment in 2014 34,000
Median Age of workers in 2014 45
Average Retirement Age in 2014 61

Occupation Projection for Canada

In order to determine the expected outlook of an occupation, the magnitude of the difference between the projected total numbers of new job seekers and job openings over the whole projection period (2017-2026) is analyzed in conjunction with an assessment of labour market conditions in recent years. The intention is to determine if recent labour market conditions (surplus, balance or shortage) are expected to persist or change over the period 2017-2026. For instance, if the analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was insufficient to fill the job openings (a shortage of workers) in an occupational group in recent years, the projections are used to assess if this situation will continue over the projection period or if the occupation will move towards balanced conditions.

Over the 2014-2016 period, there was a strong decrease in employment in this occupational group. However, the unemployment rate declined slightly to 3.9% in 2016, compared to the national average of 7.0%. The increase in the average hourly wage during this period was on par with the national average. Hence, analysis of key labour market indicators suggests that the number of job seekers was sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupational group over the 2014-2016 period.

For Executive assistants, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 18,700, while 17,900 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them.

As job openings and job seekers are projected to be at relatively similar levels over the 2017-2026 period, it is expected that the balance between labour supply and demand seen in recent years will continue over the projection period. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from retirements. The retirement rate for this occupation is expected to be higher than the average projected for all occupations, as workers are older than average and retire earlier. Over the projection period, demand arising from economic growth is only expected to increase at a rate similar to the national average over the projection period, still a significant improvement over the job losses recorded during the 2007-2016 period. Despite the deficit reduction plans ongoing at various levels of government and the limited growth expected in public service employment, a key sector for this occupation, hiring has nevertheless slowly started growing again. With regard to labour supply, school leavers and workers from other occupations are expected to account for a total of about 85% of the number of job seekers.

This Chart contains data for Projection of Job Openings vs. Job Seekers for Canada. Information is available in the following tables.

Table of job opening projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Openings Seekers
Projection 18,700 17,900
Table of job opening projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Category Openings %
Expansion Demand 4,400 24%
Retirements 12,700 68%
Other Replacement Demand 1,100 6%
Emigration 600 3%
Projected Job Openings 18,700 100%
Table of job seeker projections for the occupational group containing your chosen occupation.
Category Seekers %
School Leavers 9,100 51%
Immigration 2,500 14%
Other 6,200 35%
Projected Job Seekers 17,900 100%

In which industry or sector do people in this occupation find jobs in Canada?

This table shows the industry and sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.

This table shows the industry sectors employing the highest number of people in this occupation.
Industry / Sector %
Public administration 25.14
Finance and insurance 10.93
Professional, scientific and technical services 9.56
Other services (except public administration) 7.32
Health care and social assistance 7.09
Educational services 5.16

What percentage of people in this occupation are self-employed?

This occupation (Executive assistants) is part of a larger group called Administrative and regulatory occupations (NOC 122). According to the Labour Force Survey (2015), in Canada, 2% of workers in this group were self-employed, while the average for all occupations was 14%.

What proportion of people in this occupation work full-time?

According to the Labour Force Survey (2015), in Canada, 93% of workers in this occupation worked full-time, compared to the average of 81% for all occupations.

What is the proportion of women working in this occupation?

According to the National Household Survey (2011), in Canada, women represented 90% of workers in this occupation compared to the average of 48% for all occupations.

What percentage of people in this occupation are members of a union?

This occupation (Executive assistants) is part of a larger group called Administrative and regulatory occupations (NOC 122). According to the Labour Force Survey (2015), in Canada, the unionization rate for this group was 28%, while the unionization rate for all occupations was 31%.

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