Christian Saint Cyr, publisher of the BC Labour Market Report, recently provided a list and summary of the Top 10 Labour Market Research Studies and Reports from 2011. Here are a few that may be useful for your job search and career decision making:
Fact: During the first period, 2011-2015, the key feature is the expansion of industrial and engineering projects, in particular mining and utility work. These projects drive employment higher for the following key trades and occupations: boilermakers; carpenters; construction millwrights; drillers and blasters; electricians; plumbers; sheet metal workers; steamfitters and pipefitters.
Fact: BC’s economy performed well in 2010, and the outlook for 2011 is hopeful. In April 2011, BC’s manufacturing sales were up 10.3% when compared to the same time period in 2010. This increase was driven by demand for the province’s exports, particulary within the Asian market.
Fact: Self-employed individuals – those who spend most of their working hours running their own businesses – are a sizeable part of British Columbia’s workforce. In 2010, self-employment accounted for around 19 per cent of total employment in the province.
Fact: Does taking time off after high school matter? — By and large, youth who entered directly into the post-secondary system had higher average employment rates and earnings, both initially and several years after leaving school.
Fact: Until 1998, BC lagged the other designated provinces, as well as the overall Canadian average, in terms of researchers per 100,000 population. However, since replacing Alberta as the third largest workforce of researchers and technicians per 100,000 persons in 2004, the province has held on to a rank of third. It has since made further advances and has managed to widen the gap between itself and Alberta substantially.
Facts: The forest products sector’s ability to recruit new workers is crucial to the sector’s ability to meet replacement and expansion demand over the next decade. Employers reported a number of barriers to recruiting – not enough qualified workers, negative perceptions of industry, a declining rural population and lack of essential skills.
Fact: Tourism is the only primary industry that has maintained steady growth in real GDP from 2002 to 2008, dropping slightly in 2009. In 2009, the real GDP of the agriculture, forestry and mining and oil and gas extraction industries were below 2002 levels.
Thank you to Christian for giving us permission to reproduce his list and summaries on the Career Centre blog.