Accommodation and Food Services

Overview

Employment summary

Growth (2016-2017):
+5.0%
Job growth (2016-2017):
+8,400
Total employment (2017):
182,600

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Key points
  • The Accommodation and Food Services industry in B.C. has a comparatively young, mostly female workforce.
  • Most jobs in this industry are located in the Mainland / Southwest, Vancouver Island / Coast and Thompson-Okanagan regions.
  • Part-time work is common in this industry.
  • Wages for workers are much lower than the provincial average.
  • The industry is particularly sensitive to tourism activity.

Accommodation businesses provide lodging or short-term housing to travellers and other people who are temporarily away from their usual residence. Examples of accommodation are hotels, motels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, hostels, industry work camps and recreational ”lodgings” such as campgrounds and RV sites.

Food service and beverage businesses provide prepared food and beverages that are ordered by customers. Establishments range from full-service restaurants to cafés, fast food outlets, delis, food trucks, caterers and contractors who provide meals to hospitals or airlines. Night clubs, lounges, bars and pubs are also included in this industry.

Workforce

Gender

Employment by gender in 2017

  Men: 43%
  Women: 57%

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
40%
2017
43%
B.C. average (2017)
22%
Self-employed
(% of employees who are self-employed)
2012
9%
2017
7%
B.C. average (2017)
18%
Temporary jobs
(% of employees in temporary jobs)
2012
17%
2017
20%
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)

Note:Tips may supplement earnings.

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Women

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

Note:Tips may supplement earnings.

Source: 2017 Labour Force Survey

Youth

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

Note:Tips may supplement earnings.

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
185,000
2023
201,500
2028
215,500

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 Tourism Industry - go2
https://www.go2hr.ca/bc-tourism-industry

British Columbia Restaurant & Foodservices Association (BCRFA)
http://www.bcrfa.com/

Destination BC
http://www.destinationbc.ca/

North American Industry Classification System
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/concepts/industry-industrie-eng.htm

Restaurants Canada
https://www.restaurantscanada.org/

Tourism Industry Association of BC
http://www.tiabc.ca/