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Hairstylists and barbers  (NOC 6341)
Toronto Region
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Provincial Employment Potential Information

The following table identifies employment conditions within Ontario.

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Table on the employment potential for Hairstylists and barbers in Ontario.
Location Employment Potential Release Date
Ontario Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07

The employment outlook will be fair for Hairstylists and barbers (NOC 6341) in Ontario for the 2018-2020 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.

Employment in this occupational group has weakened over the last few years. Almost all hairstylists and barbers work in the personal care services industry, which includes barber shops, beauty salons and unisex hair salons. Barber shops account for the smallest share of businesses in this industry, which is likely because they offer a specialized service geared towards males.

Job opportunities for hairstylists and barbers are dependent on population growth and on consumer spending trends. Household spending on personal grooming services, which includes barbering, hairstyling and other aesthetic services, has decreased slightly in recent years which may affect the volume of business conducted by these workers.

Just over one-third of Ontario’s hairstylists and barbers are self-employed. Many individuals in this group rent chairs in barber shops and salons. These establishments tend to be smaller, with less than 10 employees. Some owners and operators of salons and barber shops prefer to hire people who are experienced and who can bring an established clientele with them. In some instances, salaries are based on commission. Other hairstylists and barbers may choose to work out of their own homes, in accordance with specific municipal regulations.

Hairstylists is a compulsory skilled trade in Ontario, therefore individuals must be registered with the Ontario College of Trades to work in this occupation. New apprentices will need to undergo both a written examination and practical assessment in order to obtain certification as a hairstylist as of January 1, 2018. Generally, the entry requirements for hairstylists and barbers are relatively low, which opens this group to a large pool of workers and a fair amount of competition for clients in some areas. As a result of these factors and the large size of the existing workforce, worker turnover is expected to be a significant source of job openings.

Individuals willing to work long and varying shifts may have an advantage in securing employment, as work is based on client availability. Some clients may also prefer or need home visits, such as seniors in assisted living residences, so flexibility is an asset. Hairstylists and barbers can increase their client base by keeping up to date with the latest trends and by using social media tools for self-marketing.

Here are some key facts about Hairstylists and barbers in the Ontario region:

  • Approximately 32,450 people work in this occupation.
  • Hairstylists and barbers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Personal and laundry services (NAICS 812):more than 95%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 69% compared to 79% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 31% compared to 21% for all occupations
  • 62% of hairstylists and barbers work all year, while 38% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
  • 39% of hairstylists and barbers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
  • Table on the employment potential for Hairstylists and barbers in Toronto Region as well as in the rest of the Ontario.
    Location Employment Potential Release Date
    Hamilton--Niagara Peninsula Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Kingston - Pembroke Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Kitchener--Waterloo--Barrie Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    London Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Muskoka-Kawarthas Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Northeast Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Northwest Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Ottawa Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Toronto Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07
    Windsor-Sarnia Region Fair   (2 of 3 stars) 2018-12-07

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