A Statistics Canada report suggested that the accommodation and food sector is the fastest-growing area of employment, accounting for 23% of job gains since January 2011. Since this sector contributed a large portion of jobs to Canada's economic recovery, we took an in-depth look at recent hiring trends in accommodation and food. Hiring in this industry tends to follow a trend. Annually, hiring demand declines every fall and then demand begins to rise again in January. Job volume over the last 60-days was 14% higher than the same time last year. Will 2013 hiring demand surpass 2012?
Hiring Demand for Accommodation and Food Services
Hotels and motels accounted for a large portion of hiring demand over the past 30 days, about 83% of accommodation and food jobs. Recreational and vacation camps and drinking places were next on the list of industries with the highest number of job ads. The most commonly advertised occupations in the accommodation and food sector included:
- Hotel Front Desk Clerks
- Light Duty Cleaners
- Food and Beverage Servers
- Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations
- Executive Housekeepers
- Restaurant and Food Service Managers
- Janitors, Caretakers, and Building Superintendents
Not only do Cooks appear in the #3 slot above, but when we reviewed hiring demand by province last week, we noticed that Cooks ranks in the top 5 places in each area. Of the occupations listed above Janitors, Caretakers, and Building Superintendents and Light Duty Cleaners increased the most when compared to the same 30-day period last year, growing 23%. Edmonton and Calgary (AB) had the highest demand.
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