Construction

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2016-2017):
+8.0%
Job growth (2016-2017):
+17,300
Total employment (2017):
228,600

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The Construction industry in B.C. has a large, mostly male workforce.
  • The industry has undergone unprecedented expansion in the last 10 years, and in that time made the largest contribution to strong provincial economic growth.
  • Most jobs in this industry are located in the Mainland / Southwest, Vancouver Island / Coast and Thompson-Okanagan regions.
  • Wages for most construction workers are similar to the provincial wage average for all industries.

The Construction industry includes businesses involved in constructing, repairing and renovating buildings, engineering projects, and sub-dividing and developing land.

Businesses or people in this industry may work independently or as sub-contractors. They can be responsible for large projects from start to finish, or they may work on a specific stage of a project.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2017

  Men: 88%
  Women: 12%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Provincial average in 2017

  Men: 52%
  Women: 48%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Age groups

% of employees under 25 years of age

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

% of employees 55 years and older

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Employment

Types of employment

2012 2017 B.C. average (2017)
Part time
(% of employees working part time)
2012
10%
2017
9%
B.C. average (2017)
22%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2012
34%
2017
31%
B.C. average (2017)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2012
17%
2017
14%
B.C. average (2017)
14%

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Workplace

% of workers in firms less than 20 employees

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

% of workers in private sector jobs

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Unemployment rate

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Earnings

Average hourly wages in this industry

Men

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Women

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Youth

  • 2012
  • 2017
  • B.C. average (2017)

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Location of work

Select your region:
Vancouver Island / Coast Mainland / Southwest Thompson-Okanagan Kootenay Cariboo Northeast North Coast & Nechako
  % employment of this industry
  % employment of all industries

Vancouver Island / Coast

Mainland / Southwest

Thompson-Okanagan

Kootenay

Cariboo

North Coast & Nechako

Northeast

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Employment outlook

2018 2023 2028
Forecasted employment
2018
237,200
2023
228,400
2028
232,900

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted average annual employment growth rate

  • 2018 - 2023
  • 2023 - 2028

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Forecasted industry share of total employment

  • 2018
  • 2023
  • 2028

Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook

Additional resources

BC Construction Safety Alliance (BCCSA)
http://www.bccsa.ca

British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA)
http://www.bccassn.com

BuildForce Canada
http://www.buildforce.ca/en